US Court throws out Ken Agyapong’s $9.5m defamatory case against Kelvin Taylor
Information coming in from the United States has it that Kelvin Taylor, a US-based Ghanaian journalist has won over a Ghanaian legislator in a defamatory suit brought against the journalist by the legislator. Announcing this on his With All Due Respect show on Thursday, Kelvin Taylor said the Virginia District Court dismissed the suit on 23rd March 2022. However, the plaintiff has been given 60 days to appeal against the ruling if he is dissatisfied with the ruling.
Kelvin Taylor stated that the court dismissed the suit after the Assin Central MP amended his initial suit seeking some 9 million dollar damages against Kelvin Taylor. He said the district judge said Kennedy Agyapong failed to demonstrate that Kelvin Taylor published the said defamatory statements out of malice.
It will be recalled that last year, Kennedy Agyapong sued Kelvin Taylor following an allegation published by Kelvin Taylor. This was after Kelvin Taylor had in one of his political programs alleged that the NPP MP was responsible for the killing of Ahmed Suale. He published videos on YouTube in which Kennedy asked people to attack the journalist and get paid. Kennedy Agyapong told the court that he is a public figure and the statement from Kelvin caused irreparable damage to his reputation.
In a related development, Kelvin Taylor has urged all media houses which published the story when the MP suid him to also publish the outcome.
In another breath, Kelvin Taylor has threatened to sue a blogger who alleged on YouTube that he (Kelvin Taylor) bribed the judge sitting on the case.
Below is the judgement: