Controversial musician Penny Penny has successfully escaped being tied in a R1.5 million defamation lawsuit filed by Cassper Nyovest’s mother.
The mother of the award-winning rapper Muzuki Phoolo filed a lawsuit against both Shangaan disco musician Penny Penny who allegedly claimed to be the rapper’s father and a weekly celebrity tabloid for publishing such claims.
According to the court summons, the young rapper’s 52-year-old mother who is a retired senior public servant and a pastor at Saint John’s Apostolic Church wants R1.5-million from both Penny Penny and the Drum magazine for defamation and character assassination.
In the documents she presented to the court, she insists that she never had a sexual relationship with Penny Penny and therefore couldn’t have carried his child. She maintained that she had Cassper Nyovest in wedlock and his father was Letsebela Phoolo.
However, Penny Penny disputed the report on the grounds that he was “misquoted.”
Penny Penny was able to dodge the bullet from the defamation lawsuit after the tabloid that published the story decided to take full responsibility. The tabloid has has since agreed to settle the matter out of court with the permission of Cassper’s mom.
The rapper’s mom has apparently been offered R100 000 and her legal costs will also be paid by the tabloid.
“I spoke to the lawyer of Cassper’s mother and she told me that the magazine has offered to pay her and to apologize for the story,” Penny Penny said.
The out of court settlement was also confirmed by the lawyer who represented Cassper’s mother in the lawsuit.
“Yes, I can confirm we received an offer, but I’m still to consult with my client for instructions. But remember my client indicated from the beginning that she is not after money, but wanted to clear her name,” Connie Phakedi, of Phakedi Attorneys said.
Cassper Nyovest has not added his voice to the comments.