They say ‘when it rains, it pours.’
That saying seems to ring true for police officer and calypsonian, Abel “Checko” Jno Baptiste.
Fresh from being ordered to pay $130,000 to Dr. Philbert Aaron for libel, Checko is facing another lawsuit.
Female police officer, Nadine Henry, has filed a suit against Checko for a song he performed at the police calypso show, which was held during the carnival season.
The song ‘Oh Henry’ paved the way for Checko to win the crown in the competition but it appears that Henry is taking him to task for it.
A letter, dated April 2, 2014, from Noelize N. Knight Didier, of the law firm of Harris & Harris, to Checko and copied to the Commissioner of Police, reads “Our further instructions are that (i) our client is the only member of the Dominica Police Force with the surname “Henry” and (ii) she was sometimes called “O Henry” by friends within the force.”
The letter, headlined ‘Re: Nady Henry and your calypso “Oh Henry,'” went on to say, “We are instructed as well that your song was understood by members of the force and others to be referring to our client, by your use of the phrase ‘Oh Henry.'”
It stated that the words used “in reference to our client are clearly defamatory in nature.”
“They, by innuendo, are an imputation that our client is unchaste, that she has been intimate with several, if not all, members of the Dominica Police Force. We are informed that they were indeed understood in this way by your audience,” the letter said.
It also noted that since it publication, “our client has had to endure confrontation from several persons within and outside of the force in relation to the song.”
The letter made several demands including, a retraction of “the song in its entirety, by instructing all radio stations to cease the broadcast of the said song.”
Furthermore Checko should offer “in writing a suitable apology to our client in terms reasonably acceptable to her.”
The apology, according to the letter, “must of course be copied to the Chief of Police and to whomever our client wishes you to publish it.”
Lastly the letter demands that Checko offers “a suitable amount of compensation to her for the damage that she has already suffered.”
The letter stated that the matter will be taken before the courts if a positive response is not received from Checko within two weeks of the its receipt.
Checko was ordered to pay damages after he failed to file a defense in a suit brought by Aaron based on the song ‘Bug her.’