'Fashion victim' takes Noseweek to court

2012-03-02 22:14

Johannesburg - The owner of a fashion company launched an application in the High Court in Cape Town on Friday to compel the controversial Noseweek magazine to retract an online article.

In papers filed with the court, Inge Peacock, owner of the fashion concern, Lulu Tan Tan, said the article, entitled "Fashion Victim", was "highly defamatory" and would "ruin her reputation".

She had been swamped with telephone calls from people expressing their shock. The calls humiliated her, Peacock said.

The article infringed on her constitutional right to security of person, to be free from all forms of violence, from either public or private sources, and not to be treated in a degrading manner, she said.

Although the magazine was already on sale country wide, Peacock wanted the article pulled to prevent further circulation in March and limit the damage to her good name.

It had the potential to wreck her business, which she built up over 25 years. If this happened the consequences for her family and social standing would be severe, Peacock claimed.

She said she had tried everything possible to halt the unlawful article, but Noseweek editor Martin Welz had ignored her attempts to have the article removed.

She claimed the article stated untruthfully that "while major stores bankroll Peacock's wealthy lifestyle, she chooses to settle her own accounts only when she pleases".

Welz countered that the article was "substantially true" and a matter of public interest to Noseweek readers, who were predominantly members of the business community. The readers were interested in business ethics, transparency and straight dealing, he said.

Judge Andre le Grange was expected to rule on the matter on Tuesday.

  • John - 2012-03-02 23:56

    always pay the little people, they are what make the big people great

      Donovan - 2012-03-03 09:17

      Nice point John. And the Peacock is about to learn about the Streisand effect...

      Sam - 2012-03-03 10:36

      Nice comment, Donovan. She's going to wish she'd kept her head below the parapet.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-03 12:24

      If she had paid her bills, then she would not care about this article. Only the truth can hurt. All her customers and suppliers already know what kind of business ethics she has, (I don't have a clue) so ask them.

      Citroes - 2012-03-05 09:23

      Well said Donovan. I wouldn't even have known about this had it not been for her trying to shut up Noseweek. I've now gone out, bought said Noseweek and read all about her shenanigans. She's a pretty dodgy character too! Shocking behaviour!

  • John - 2012-03-03 05:23

    Ishhh...those velvets and fashoon Inge your bills

  • Meshack Letswalo - 2012-03-03 08:33

    Tantan or whatever she calls herself must pay the small company that she owes. She's able to afford SCs and interdicts but she fails to pay the people who are making her rich. People like you are scums Tantan Peacock. You are like one listed big construction company that never pays its subcontractors on time, just to boost its cash flows. You are all just like hijackers and common thieves

      Zainab - 2012-03-16 02:00

      exactly what you are saying-as long as there cash flow gets boosted.If you come from the other side of the tracks-no matter how wealthy, you will stay common.whats with the PEACOCK now, who is next on her list? I am inundated with calls from victims

  • pws69 - 2012-03-03 11:45

    As far as I know, Noseweek (the only REAL news publication in SA) has never lost a court case as they always ensure they have their facts straight. Martin Welz, I salute you.

  • John - 2012-03-04 09:08

    She's done more harm to her business by her court action than if she'd just ignored the article.... The readership of Nose week is small compared to the negative exposure she's going to get now.

      Zainab - 2012-03-15 16:51

      yes she should have paid rather than spend the money on advocates-but then she too arrogant

      Zainab - 2012-03-16 02:01

      John i wud like to think so but let me tell you these so called influential people dont give a damn,its not what you did its how you do it

  • Christopher - 2012-03-04 13:17

    Well too late...its out there more than ever now!

      Zainab - 2012-03-15 17:01

      Well not over check out carte blanche

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