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Samuels Set To Take Diva To Court

Jamaica and West Indies batter Marlon Samuels has decided to settle matters in court with popular media personality and singer Yanique ‘Curvy Diva’ Barrett.

Samuels has charged that Barrett has smeared his name and tarnished his reputation.

“We have a court matter coming up,” Samuels told ER’s host Anthony Miller in a recent interview.

“My reputation means the world to me, more than what’s in my bank account,” said Samuels.

Additionally, he continued, “I can’t afford to make somebody destroy my reputation with lies,” said the star Windies batsman.

Samuels recently filed and won a lawsuit against former Australian cricketer Geoff Lawson and broadcaster 2KY for defamation.

Samuels back then instructed his lawyers Richard Owen-Thomas and Suzette A. Thompson in London after defamatory comments were made about him on the Big Sports Breakfast radio program on April 4 last year.

During the radio podcast, Lawson made false, malicious unjustifiable comments accusing Samuels of being involved with criminal gangs in Jamaica.

At the time, London based barrister Thompson in a release said, “These comments were published and aired without proper journalist research, nor was Samuels contacted to give his views on the damaging remarks about his character.  We are delighted that Lawson and the Big Sports Breakfast radio have now settled and are issuing a full apology and agreed to pay substantial damages to Marlon”.

Samuels also said apart from protecting one’s integrity and reputation; the case should serve as a deterrent to others from besmirching the character of sports personalities.

“Through this case, my intention was not only to defend my integrity and image as an international cricketer but also the values I have defended all my career.

“I also wish to avoid any public figure from making insulting or false allegations against an athlete using the media, without any evidence or foundation and to go unpunished.”

In the interview, Samuels informed the host that he is currently on an injury break and is currently cooling out in Jamaica but is set to return to India in a few weeks’ time.

He also demonstrated his D.J. skills and could have another full-time gig after cricket.

Additionally, he is developing an apparel line around his brand name – Icon.

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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