May 30, 2017

UNRESERVED APOLOGY TO ICE-T

We wish to sincerely tender our unreserved apology to Ice-T for attributing an article to him that did not reflect a true view of his opinion.   The said article,  “LOOK AT THE SHIT ICE T WROTE WHY BLACK MEN PREFER WHITE WOMEN”. has been removed from this site.  Below is a letter from Ice-T's lawyers demanding "Demand to Cease and Desist; Demand  for Retraction and Apology; Demand for Removal".

Dear Chika Onyeani:

VIA E-MAIL: conyeani@africansuntimes.com;

africansuntimes@gmail.com  

The African Sun Times

Attn:  Chika Onyeani

463 N. Arlington Avenue

East Orange, NJ 07017

                        Re:      Ice-T v. www.africansuntimes.com and African                          Telecom, Inc.; Demand to Cease and Desist; Demand                             for Retraction and Apology; Demand for Removal

Dear Chika Onyeani:

            Please be advised that the undersigned law firm has been retained by Ice-T (“Ice-T” and/or the “Client”) to represent him in the above-referenced matter.  Please direct all communications concerning this matter to undersigned counsel’s attention.

            Our Client has advised us that you have been making disparaging, misleading, false and defamatory remarks about him to third persons on your website www.africansuntimes.com.  A copy of the disparaging, misleading, false and defamatory article is attached hereto for your reference.  In particular, you have posted an article titled “LOOK AT THE SHIT ICE T WROTE WHY BLACK MEN PREFER WHITE WOMEN” on your website which incorrectly states that Ice-T is the author of this article.  However, our Client never authored this article and has nothing at all to do with this article.

            Rather, an individual by the name of Officially Ice is the true author of this article.  I have attached a copy of the original article which appeared online at www.inflexwetrust.com back in 2012.  As you can see, Officially Ice is clearly the author of the original article “10 Reasons Black Guys Prefer White Girls”, not Ice-T.  I have also attached a copy of Officially Ice’s Twitter Page where you can see a comment made by Officially Ice on September 30, 2016 at 8:10 a.m. where he states “ice t didn’t write that.  I did five years ago on some troll shit.”

            Attributing the above article to our Client paints him in an unflattering and false light.  The statements made in the article were made with the malicious intent to destroy our Client’s integrity and character, negatively affect his reputation in the community, subject him to hatred, ridicule, contempt and disgrace, and tend to injure him in his trade and profession.  At the very least, the article was published with reckless disregard of our Client’s rights.  It is unlawful to publish a false statement about an individual to a third party when such false statement causes injury to that individual.  It is also unlawful to publish information about an individual which information portrays the individual in a false or misleading light when the information is highly offensive or embarrassing to a reasonable person.  As you can imagine, the defamatory article has caused our Client substantial damages (including, but not limited to, lost profits, lost wages, lost business opportunities, lost endorsements, etc.) and extreme emotional distress, and continues to cause our Client substantial damages and extreme emotional distress while the article remains on your website and continues to be attributed to our Client.

            Based on the foregoing, in order to avoid incurring any additional damages in the future, we hereby demand that you immediately cease and desist your unlawful defamation of our Client and all future defamatory statements about our Client.  This includes, but is not limited to, (a) immediately removing all defamatory statements and content about our Client (including the subject article) from your website www.africansuntimes.com and any and all other websites owned by you; (b) immediately publishing/posting a full and fair correction, apology and retraction on said website concerning the defamatory article attributed to our Client; (c) correctly identifying on said website the true author of the article as Officially Ice and publishing/posting a statement that Ice-T was not and is not the author of the subject article and had nothing at all to do with the subject article; (d) issuing an immediate apology to Ice-T for the false and defamatory statements made in the subject article; and (e) ceasing any further defamatory remarks about our Client in the future.

            As for damages, as stated above, our Client has suffered and continues to suffer, among other things, lost profits, lost wages, lost business opportunities and lost endorsements as a result of the false article.  To reimburse our Client for the damages sustained and for disgorgement of the profits you undoubtedly received as a result of the traffic and revenue generated through the illegal and improper use of our Client’s name, we hereby demand payment in the amount of $30,000.00.  If you fail to comply with this cease and desist, retraction, correction, apology and removal demand and fail to pay the amount requested within ten (10) days after service of this letter, our Client will seek all remedies available to him on account of your defamation including, but not limited to, an action for compensatory and punitive damages, an action for termination and removal of your website and all content contained thereon, an action to cancel and transfer your domain name and an action for injunctive relief and/or specific performance.  Please be advised that in the event a lawsuit is filed against you, you could be held liable for reimbursement of our Client’s reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.

            Nothing in this letter shall be construed as a waiver, release or relinquishment of our Client’s rights, all of which are hereby expressly reserved.

            We look forward to your anticipated cooperation and to receiving your prompt response.  All checks should be made payable to our firm and mailed to our address below.

            PLEASE GOVERN YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY.

                                                        Regards,

                                                        JO-JEAN PANTON FIGUEIRA, P.A.

                                                        Jo-Jean Panton Figueira, Esq.

Attachments

cc:        Client

Jo-Jean Panton Figueira, Esq.
JO-JEAN PANTON FIGUEIRA, P.A.
2920 N.W. 29th Avenue
Boca Raton, FL 33434
U.S.A.

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