Bassett attorneys in talks with Antigua government following cease and desist letter

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The Ministry of Tourism in Antigua and Barbuda is in talks with the attorneys of Angela Bassett after her representatives demanded that the government in St Johns stop the use of her photographs for promotional
purposes, and end any dissemination of information about appointing her as a Tourism Ambassador.

The government announced that Bassett was appointed Tourism Ambassador of the country, following discussions with her while on vacation in Antigua and Barbuda, but her attorneys have asked the Ministry of Tourism to hold out on the initiative.

“I have a long-standing relationship with Antigua and Barbuda, and I recently had an opportunity to visit. I loved spending time with the wonderful people and experiencing the local culture. I was honored by the offer to bestow upon me the title of Tourism Ambassador and have agreed to have discussions with the Government about what this would entail. Because I do not take this opportunity or role lightly,” she said,

The Hollywood actress also indicated however that she wants to make sure she and her team fully understand what the Tourism Ambassador scope and activities will mean, and they look forward to continuing the conversation.

The Ministry of Tourism insists that Bassett would be the ideal choice to represent Antigua and Barbuda to help promote the destination to visitors around the world. However, formal discussions have not taken place with Ms. Bassett and her team about what this would specifically entail. The first step they said however is ensuring approval from the Cabinet, where the suggestion for naming Ms. Basset as a Tourism Ambassador was passed.

“As the next step, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda will continue discussions with Ms. Bassett and her team about what this designation will mean, ensuring that all proper procedures are followed.

“As a headlining star with a busy schedule, Ms. Bassett has honored us with her presence. We trust that we will be able to formalize our relationship within the coming year”, the Ministry of Tourism wrote

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1 Comment

  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    May 16, 2023

    “The Ministry of Tourism insists that Bassett would be the ideal choice to represent Antigua and Barbuda to help promote the destination to visitors around the world”

    Commonsense would dictate, that if someone wrote Gaston Brown a legal request to cease and desist, doing something that he has done or intend to do; friends or no friend I would be compelled to stop whatever I been doing.
    In that case Gaston Brown should not at this time be in any communication with the individuals nor individual or their lawyer!

    Some people in the Caribbean even Gaston Brown doesn’t even know when they are insulted!
    In Common law: cease and desist denotes a cautionary notice detailing the sender’s complaint of alleged wrongdoing by the recipient, and threatening legal action if the offending activity is not stopped.
    US Law: based on British Common law, denotes a legally enforceable order from a court or government agency directing someone to stop engaging in a particular activity.

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