Janet Jackson’s Billionaire Ex Sues Facebook Over Bogus Crypto Ads

Janet Jackson’s ex-husband, the Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana, is suing Facebook after a crypto rip-off used his picture to advertise itself within the Center East with out his permission.

Al Mana is claiming defamation, malicious falsehood and false promoting by the unnamed cryptocurrency agency, The Occasions reported on Feb. 23.

His defamation motion has been filed in Dublin, Facebook’s European headquarters, the place the authorized framework for such circumstances is deemed to be extra amenable for plaintiffs than america.

Sue Facebook in Dublin, not Menlo Park

Defamation circumstances, in response to Belfast-based defamation lawyer Paul Tweed, stand a better likelihood of success in Europe, as Facebook allegedly makes an attempt to “conceal” behind the U.S.’ first modification ideas to evade its duties to guard customers’ reputations.

Reluctant to present interviews, Al Mana reportedly takes pains to limit public info and protection to his official private website, wissamalmana.com. Not too long ago, he has used the positioning to make clear that he has no social media accounts and that any profiles ostensibly linked to him “shouldn’t be quoted or used as a supply of correct info.”

Al Mana — estimated to be price 1 billion euro — owns the unique regional rights to status manufacturers corresponding to Harvey Nichols, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, and Hermès, in addition to the McDonald’s franchise for Qatar. He was married to the well-known pop star Janet Jackson between 2012 and 2017. 

Tweed has beforehand represented the likes of Djibouti president Ismail Omar Guelleh and Qatari critic Ghanem Nuseibeh towards Facebook. He has additionally represented Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Lopez, Nicolas Cage and Harrison Ford in Irish defamation actions.

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Milking the celebrities

Final fall, Cointelegraph reported {that a} nonexistent and doubtlessly nefarious Bitcoin funding platform was utilizing apparently false testimony from the actress Kate Winslet, in addition to purporting to have the backing of the likes of Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Invoice Gates.

Some celebrities have gotten caught up in legally murky cryptocurrency schemes, corresponding to boxer Floyd ‘Cash’ Mayweather and rapper DJ Khaled, who helped to advertise the preliminary coin providing for crypto monetary providers startup Centra Tech. Centra Tech’s co-founders had been later indicted and charged with securities and wire fraud by the U.S. Securities and Trade Fee (SEC).