There is another twist to KKD’s alleged rape saga as Grace Omane, the girl whose image is being circulated as the sėxual assault victim by the entertainment icon is threatening to sue media houses.
According to reports by TV3Network, Grace Omane, a 20-year-old resident of Darkuman in Accra, has threatened to sue media houses circulating her image as the sėxual assault victim of entertainment icon, Kwesi Kyei Darkwah.
She said the situation has brought her ignominy as people point at her as the lady allegedly bonked by radio and television personality, popularly known by his initials – KKD.
“I was at home [on Sunday] and had several calls that my picture is all over, saying KKD raped me whilst I don’t even know KKD and I have never even met him before.”
KKD was arrested last Saturday after a 19-year-old lady filed a complaint at the Airport Police Station alleging a sexual assault on her by the mercurial emcee in a bathroom at the African Regent Hotel.
The identity of the teenager was not made known but social media went agog with a picture of Grace Omane as the victim.
“I am really feeling awful because they are tarnishing my image,” she told TV3’s Komla Klutse on Monday, December 29.
“My name is everywhere.”
Media under fire
She has threatened to drag all the media houses that used her image without cross-checking to court.
Lawyer Augustine Obour has backed Grace Omane over her threats, saying it is high time the media was made to pay for some of their actions.
Speaking on TV3’s News 360, the criminal law practitioner said Grace Omane must talk to her lawyers to begin the legal process “if indeed [the use of her picture] was done recklessly.”
Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa Suleiman Braimah lamented the increasing spate of the wrongful use by the media of images, citing the use of an image of a different lady for Nayele Ametefe, the lady busted in London over drug trafficking.
“As journalists, we must draw the line on what happens on social media and what we know,” he advised in a phone interview on News 360.
Braimah, however, admitted that errors may occur in the use of images but the journalist in that situation must demonstrate that efforts were made to reach the persons involved.
In such situations too, an unqualified apology must be rendered, he added.