Jurie Els sues Media24 for R5m

2011-02-25 12:28
Philip de Bruin
Johannesburg - Singer Jurie Els is suing Media24 and Esmaré Weideman, chief editor of Huisgenoot, YOU and Drum magazines, for R5.5m.

The claim arises from a summons that was issued when Huisgenoot published articles which alleged that Els molested singer Robbie Klay when he was still a minor.

Els has meanwhile been acquitted on all charges of sexual molestation in the Pretoria High Court.

According to the summons that was issued in the High Court in Cape Town, Els is demanding R4.5m for the alleged loss of income he suffered when articles about him and Klay appeared in YOU, Die Burger and Rapport.

He is demanding another R1m for defamation. Media24 is being sued as Weideman's employer and as publisher of Rapport and Die Burger.

'My years in censored's claws'

The article in Die Burger that Els refers to is "Jurie Els kry interdik oor die 'oom'" (Jurie Els gets interdict against 'oom').

The Rapport article appeared on February 17, 2008, under the headline "Robbie was bang vir vroetel-oom" (Robbie was afraid of molesting uncle) together with a picture of Els. The word "uncle" is how Klay referred to Els in an interview with Beeld, who first reported the allegations.

The Huisgenoot article, which also appeared in YOU, appeared three days after Beeld's article. It appeared under the heading "My jare in gesensor se kloue" (My years in censored's claws). The word "censored" was used after Els won an interdict forbidding Huisgenoot to reveal his identity.

Mental well-being

Els claims the article was "unlawful and defamatory" because it "was intended and understood by readers" that he took part in illegal sex acts, was a felon and a child molester and that he abused a minor.

Els said the articles were published as widely as possible to dishonour his good name and reputation and in addition compromised his "worth and mental well-being."

Media24 and Weideman now have 20 days to give notice that the claim will be defended.

Pieter Conradie, Media24 and Weideman's attorney, declined to comment and Weideman is abroad.

Comments

  • Vaal Donkie - 2011-02-25 12:44

    Well, he DOES have a strong case, regardless of his innocence or guilt.

  • Chantelle - 2011-02-25 13:26

    Ek hoop Esmari word sommer uit haar duur skoene gesue.... Sy bou haar geluk op almal se ongeluk. Sy het familie tydskrif na n gehoer en moer boek verander. Kry vir jou Esmari... ek hoop jou dae is getel

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-25 13:37

      True!!! We stopped buying Huisgenoot soon after she took charge. The magazine had class once, now it's just a sensationalist rag, not even fit for toilet paper - the pages are too hard.

      Johan - 2011-12-03 05:40

      Stem Dit het regtig ontaard in die common huisvrou se skinderbek tydskrif,Op gelyke voet met Die Son,

  • Eugene - 2011-02-25 13:33

    Karma...

  • dracolusus - 2011-02-25 13:47

    well, they used the words allegedly... No smoke without some fire eh? ;)

  • RonelEksteen - 2011-02-25 14:01

    Jurie is broke because he can not make money out of his kak singing.... whatever. hope he does not win the case.... he can stay in NZ

      Chantelle - 2011-02-25 14:45

      I have to agree, singing is baddddd, but really this women needs to be stopped.... I wish Steve will throw a few more cups of tea at her, maybe she will then wake up and realise she has bad taste in getting stories

  • vex7575 - 2011-02-25 15:43

    Huisgenoot did not actually do anything wrong. Before they printed the article, their legal representatives at that stage gave it the all clear. Its not Esmarie that messed up, it was their legal council that did. And Jurie can really stay in NZ. Why do you think he ran their in the first place? Afraid some more skeletons may fall out of the closet? This will however be an interesting saga to follow in the months to come.

  • antogigs - 2011-02-25 21:50

    oh please people - whether Jurie is broke or not I am sure between him and his wife they have enough money to make it anywhere but thats besides the point - don't u ppl think that if there were any thuth to the matter something worth guilty would have come from it and further more if that is what Jurie Els surely there have to be more coming out and so far - NOTHING makes one think whether you like him or not!

  • Lovit - 2011-09-20 09:04

    Els is innocent - he was aquitted of all accusations - the GREATEST tragedy here, is that his wife Hestrie, a Olympic Gold Medialist, could not go to the Olympics again, because they spent all their money on lawyers to clear Els's name, and couldn't afford financially and emotionally to train for the Olympics. THAT is a crime. He STOLE an olympics medalist another chance at gold, because of a lie to make money. Very bad

  • ozzie.oz1 - 2011-09-20 10:37

    I agree Mr Els, sue the pants off them. I read the story and was led to believe you were guilty :(

  • Johan - 2011-12-03 05:37

    Pay-up time!

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