Jamaica’s former PJ Patterson Sues Journalist Cliff Hughes $12.5m for defamation
Cliff Hughes to pay PJ Patterson $12.5m for defamation
The Supreme Court has ordered journalist Cliff Hughes to pay former Prime Minister PJ Patterson $12.5 million in damages resulting from defamation to his character, according to the Jamaica Observer.
Journalist Cliff Hughes took to social media moments after the court made a multimillion dollar award against him, expressing disappointment in the ruling but happy the initial sum was rejected.
“Disappointed that the court found against us in PJ Patterson matter. We’re studying the judgment to decide the way forward.” – Cliff Hughes via Instagram
“We respect the findings of the judge. The former PM was awarded $12m. His claims for aggravated n exemplary damages of $180m were rejected.” – Cliff Hughes via Instagram
The Supreme Court this morning awarded $12.5 million to Patterson, with interest which is expected to substantially increase the amount Hughes will have to pay out.
The court made the ruling and has awarded interest, which legal watchers have said could take the figure to at least $20 million.
Patterson had sued Hughes, who heads the news station Nationwide, in May 2010, claiming he’d been defamed and seeking millions of dollars in general, aggravated and exemplary damages.
The claim is related to a news item aired by the station in 2009, concerning an incident at the Norman Manley International Airport involving a Digicel charter flight which arrived from Cuba with Patterson.