KAMPALA – Gagamel International C.E.O Moses Ssali alias Bebe Cool has dragged his former barber (Mart Barber) to court seeking over Shs200m damages for allegedly defaming him.
In the lawsuit filed yesterday Monday (October 19) at the High Court in Kampala, Bebe wants Martin Shafat Ssaku trading as Mart barber hair Studio together Mart Barber Group of Companies Limited to be restrained from any further libelous information against them (Bebe and Wife Zuena).
In September this year, the bitter barber exposed the singer’s unlikeable character and hidden habits of always not wanting to clear him and his family’s hair bills.
He made the accusations while appearing on an entertainment show at a local television.
The barber revealed how the singer defaulted his payment of Shs 3 million that he worked for the past six months.
“I’ve been demanding him for the past six months and the debt has accumulated to Shs 3million but I found out that he lacked knowledge because my working with him wasn’t money oriented but he placed money first and we fell out because of not paying me. He is a fool,” he said then.
The couple states that in a June 5, 2020 letter, through their lawyers asked Ssaku to cease and desist from using Zuena’s images on any of his social media pages for material gain without her consent.
They further state that on the belief that the defendants would act positively towards their letter, they did not pursue any further action against them for the breach against them.
“To the plaintiff’s surprise on September 22, 2020 they were shocked to witness a foregoing story that ran for more than 15mins on a popular show entitled ‘UNCUT’ that airs on NBS and the same was subsequently repeated with the same demeaning words against the plaintiffs on different social media platforms,” court documents reads in part.
The aggrieved couple also attached evidence of images of Zuena that were allegedly used by Mr Ssaku to advertise his hair cut services on social media to which they both claim he rode on their hard earned fame and celebrity life.
According to the social media posts that the couple finds offending, Mr Ssaku contends the couple is maintaining a high -end lifestyle that they cannot afford given that the couple owes him (barber) Shs3 million which they have refused to pay.
“They love to live expensive and lavish lifestyles but they can’t afford the lifestyle that they admire, fancy, and portray in the public simply because they can’t maintain to live up to the required standard,” Mart Barber said.
They are now seeking for an interest of 30 percent per annum on all monetary awards from the date of judgment until payment in full.
The couple admits that Ssaku was their barber and would always be paid on a pay as you go basis as the practice usage and procedure is in that industry.
“That without the first and second plaintiffs’ (couple)’s consent owing to their brand, popularity and great reputation, the defendants (Ssaku and his company) well knowing of its benefit and with the aim of benefiting from the same without any claim of right whatsoever always made motion pictures, videos and took photographs of them during the process of giving their services that were later posted on the defendants’ social media pages for material gain and advertising their services without the plaintiffs’ consent,” reads in part the court document.
The couple also seeks court to declare Ssaku guilty of unjust enrichment and economic fraud, among others, for allegedly using Zuena’s images and videos to advertise his business without her consent.