‘SEE YOU IN COURT’

Tired of be­ing a vic­tim of ma­li­cious ac­cu­sa­tions, ac­tress Nora Dan­ish is tak­ing le­gal ac­tion, writes TAHIR ALHAMZAH

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

POP­U­LAR ac­tress Nora Dan­ish will take le­gal ac­tion against fel­low ac­tress Fasha Sandha, whom she claims has made a defam­a­tory state­ment against her via so­cial me­dia last Thurs­day.

“In the past, I would re­main silent. But fol­low­ing the lat­est in­ci­dent, I be­lieve it’s time I pro­ceed with le­gal ac­tion.

“I am do­ing this to pro­tect my fam­ily’s dig­nity and rep­u­ta­tion.

“What makes it more dam­ag­ing is that my fam­ily busi­ness is af­fected fol­low­ing the al­le­ga­tions,” she said.

The con­tro­versy in­volv­ing the two ac­tresses flared last week when Fasha, 33, posted a long cap­tion on her Instagram ac­count, vent­ing her frus­tra­tion at a sit­u­a­tion where a fel­low celebrity had wanted her out from Fenom­ena Aidil­fitri, a fash­ion event held in Kuala Lumpur last Wed­nes­day.

Nora’s fash­ion la­bel Owl by Nora Dan­ish was also fea­tured at the event. Al­though Fasha did not men­tion Nora’s name, she did, how­ever, in­clude the words bu­rung hantu (owl), which Ne­ti­zens could eas­ily de­duce the in­di­vid­ual she was re­fer­ring to.

The 35-year-old artiste, who re­cently wed busi­ness­man Nedim Nazri, son of Tourism and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Nazri Ab­dul Aziz, said she was un­aware of Fasha’s post­ing un­til the fol­low­ing day when she re­ceived mes­sages on her hand­phone.

“I had peo­ple ask­ing me what re­ally hap­pened that had made Fasha so up­set, making her hurl such ac­cu­sa­tions.

“The ac­tress (Fasha) wrote that I didn’t want her there, an event at which I was merely a par­tic­i­pant,” ex­plained Nora at a press con­fer­ence after her la­bel’s fash­ion show at Gaya Raya KL Fash­ion Week 2017 at Pub­lika, Kuala Lumpur, last Fri­day.

Present to clear the air was Amirud­din Rizuan Ali, di­rec­tor of Glass Go Me­dia, the or­gan­is­ers of Fenom­ena Aidil­fitri.

“Due to my con­fu­sion, upon re­al­is­ing Fasha’s pres­ence at the event (and know­ing the his­tory be­tween the two ac­tresses), I had wrongly made a re­quest that Fasha ex­cuse her­self from the event.

“I did that based on my own flawed judge­ment, and not be­cause Nora had re­quested me to do so,” he said while ad­mit­ting re­peat­edly that only he him­self should be blamed over the in­ci­dent.

He also said Nora did not make any state­ment on threat­en­ing to with­draw from the show if Fasha were to at­tend the event.

Amirud­din also apol­o­gised to both sides for hav­ing caused the mis­un­der­stand­ing.

“I plan to meet Fasha to per­son­ally apol­o­gise to her.”

Nora said that she did not blame Glass Go Me­dia for the in­ci­dent, adding that the or­gan­is­ers were just tak­ing pre­cau­tions to en­sure a smooth event.

While Nora bears no ill will against Amirud­din or Glass Go Me­dia, she said, how­ever, that she would go all out to clear her name and rep­u­ta­tion.

Be­sides Fasha, Nora is also su­ing an en­ter­tain­ment blog­ger whom she said had taken sides with­out re­ally know­ing what had ac­tu­ally taken place; and posted it on his Facebook ac­count, spell­ing out both the ac­tresses’ names.

Fasha, who is on hol­i­day with her fam­ily in Aus­tralia, ques­tioned why Nora was su­ing her and not the or­gan­iser.

Cap­tion­ing one of her pho­tos with her chil­dren on her Instagram ac­count, Fasha wrote: “.... why sue me? Why aren’t you su­ing the or­gan­iser of your fash­ion show who was re­spon­si­ble in re­lay­ing the mes­sage that I should not be there and that you would with­draw if I at­tended the show? Don’t for­get I have many wit­nesses that evening...”

In the post­ing, Fasha wrote that she too has an ac­tion plan, but it would only be re­vealed once she is back from va­ca­tion.

The post­ing also had a hash­tag which sug­gested that she is not afraid of Nora’s le­gal threat.

Nora Dan­ish

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