Pearl Modiadie slapped with R1 million countersuit.
Pearl Modiadie's former manager at Metrofm is demanding 1 million as a countersuit from her due to loss of income since she accused him of sexual harassement.
Modiadie’s allegations of sexual harassment at the hands of Antony Soglo, the former Metro FM manager, were publicised after emails were leaked. This was one of the reasons she left the station.
She took the station to court, making a claim of R3.5 million against the SABC after they dismissed her sexual harassment complaint.
Solgo has now hit back and lodged a R1 million counterclaim for loss of income and reputational damage, City Press reported.
In legal papers, Soglo denied the sexual harassment allegations and revealed that they cost him a promotion at the SABC.
Soglo wrote that he accepted a five-year contract offer on 4 June and was set to start on 1 July. The contract was worth R1.1 million a year. However, as a result of the allegations, he received a letter from the SABC informing him that the broadcaster was no longer willing to employ him.
"The conduct of the plaintiff [Modiadie] violated Soglo’s constitutional right to being presumed innocent until proven guilty. The plaintiff psychologically affected the second defendant. In August 2021, he started attending counselling sessions with a psychologist," the legal papers stated.
He has demanded R600,000 for trauma and a further R1 million for reputational damage.
The former manager said once he realised that his remarks were offensive and demeaning to Modiadie, he apologised and felt the issue did not need to go to court.