Wednesday August 31, 2005
Actress Fazura sues editor and publisher of tabloid
BY CECIL FUNG
KUALA LUMPUR: Actress Nur Fazura Sharifuddin has filed a libel suit at the Kuala Lumpur High Court against the publisher and editor of Mingguan Warta Perdana over an article that appeared in the Malay language tabloid on May 29.
The article had commented on an ongoing case involving Fazura in which she was accused of assaulting a 30-year-old housewife at a pub here.
Fazura, the star of the movie Gol & Gincu, named the tabloid’s publisher Perdana Production House Sdn Bhd as the first defendant and the article’s editor Haslinda Hashim as the second defendant.
The 22-year-old actress is seeking a public apology from the defendants and RM500,000 in general damages with interest and costs.
She is also seeking aggravated and exemplary damages.
The suit was filed by Fazura’s lawyers Fakhrul Azman Abu Hasan and Muhammad Nasim Shafie at the High Court registry in Wisma Denmark yesterday.
In her suit, Fazura claimed that the headline and contents of the article had insinuated that she admitted to the alleged offence even though she had not made such a statement.
The winner of the Malaysian Film Festival’s Most Promising Actress award claimed that the defamatory statements had exposed her to odium and contempt, and had affected her career as an actress.
Upon her arrival, press photographers quickly went into action and the actress even shook hands with reporters.