Updated: May 27, 2022
Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police and former Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Paul Slowe, has been slapped with another $70M lawsuit for defamation by Deputy Commissioner, Senior Superintendent of Police Calvin Brutus.
On October 15, 2021, Slowe was hit with three counts of sexual assault and one fraud charge and is currently out on bail.
Brutus, in his Statement of Claim filed in the High Court, said that following Slowe’s arraignment, he had created and began operating a Facebook and YouTube pages under the name, “Speaking Out: Exposing Corruption and Incompetence,” with the “sole” purpose of launching an attack on officers that are investigating him to prejudice the investigations.
According to Brutus, since creating the social media pages, the Defendant regularly publishes and causes to be published defamatory materials about and concerning him. Further, he said that Slowe made several other defamatory publications spanning November 2, 2021, and January 12, 2022.
“The Chief Justice found Senior Superintendent Calvin Brutus to be "Self-Serving". He also has pending disciplinary and other matters. He is known to be vindictive and unprofessional; yet he remains in charge of "Administration,” Brutus claimed Slowe said in the suit.
Senior Superintendent Brutus said that the statements by Slowe on each of the occasions were deliberate and actuated by malice and were published in retaliation against the criminal charges instituted against him.
The senior officer contends that the former Chairman’s statements assert that he is unqualified to hold the rank of Senior Superintendent of Police, corrupt, and abuses his power and office, among other things.
As a consequence of the statements, Brutus stated that his reputation had been seriously harmed, and he had suffered considerable hurt, embarrassment, distress, and anxiety.
“The number of publications and the continuing nature of the defamation has increased the defamatory sting,” the Deputy Commission explained.
Apart from the $70M lawsuit, Brutus is seeking an injunction restraining the Defendant, whether by himself, his servants, his agents or employees, or otherwise, howsoever, from further speaking or publishing the same or any similar defamatory matters of him.
He is also asking for an Order compelling Slowe to remove the defamatory publications, and any further Orders as the Court deems just along with Costs.
Last month, Slowe was slapped with a $70 million libel suit by the Head of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Senior Superintendent Fazil Karimbaksh, for certain defamatory statements against him.