Facebook rant leads to court case

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Diane Coetzer (47), a veteran journalist and music critic, was so shocked when she saw a personal attack on Facebook that she burst into tears.

On his page the user had posted a picture of a vehicle with which he’d like to run her over as well as a photo of her.

Under her picture he wrote, “Should you feel the need to walk past her and give her a PK (p***klap) you know who to dish it out to.”

The diatribe was posted by 33-year old Eban Olivier (photo above), a director who’s furious about a negative review Coetzer wrote on Dragonflies & Astronauts, a stage production at Montecasino in Joburg featuring music by rock group The Parlotones.

Later he wrote an apology on his page, but Coetzer is not letting the matter rest there.

She’s suing Olivier for defamation and/or violating her dignity and reputation.

She’s claiming R150 000 in damages and demanding he place an unconditional apology where all who were his Facebook friends at the time he made the offending statements can read it.

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