Rihanna’s uncle reportedly charged with selling fake items of her Puma Line

Rihanna’s uncle has been charged with selling fake items from his own niece’s PUMA line.

Barbados’ leading newspaper, Nation246 reported that Leroy Fitzgerald Brathwaite widely known as Daddy I-Roy, was charged under the Fair Trading Commission’s (FTC) Consumer Protection Act, and ironically Rihanna was the one who apparently noticed all the fake puma gear.

Police say it was after Rihanna returned to Barbados that she noticed the fake items of her hugely popular Puma brand being sold in Swan Street. She reported it to her Puma representative, who then flew to the island and checked it before getting the Police involved.

According to the report, Brathwaite, 53, appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday where he pleaded not guilty to the charge that in trade or in commerce as a supplier, on May 29, 2017, he falsely represented that 11 pairs of slippers and 13 T-shirts were of a particular standard, style or model, to wit, the brand Puma, contrary to the Consumer Protection Act Cap 326D.

He also denied that in trade or commerce, he engaged in conduct, to wit, exposed for sale goods bearing the trademark known as Puma which would mislead the public as to the nature of the goods.

Brathwaite was further charged that with a view to gain for himself or another, or with intent to cause loss to another and without the consent of the registered owner of a trademark Puma, he exposed for sale goods which bear the sign Puma, and which were likely to be mistaken for the registered trademark Puma. That charge was also dated May 29, 2017.

The slippers and shirts were valued at $1 000 and a Puma official from Curacao was reportedly in court to witness the event.

Brathwaite’s attorney Sian Lange who represented him in court made references to Sections 54, 55 and 56 of the Consumer Protection Act which set out the Fair Trading Commission’s powers of regulation and procedures to be taken.

Attorney Sian submitted the matter was improperly brought before the court and asked for it to be dismissed.

The matter has been adjourned until next Tuesday, November 28, when the prosecution will respond to the submissions.

Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant who’s handling the case released Brathwaite on $1 000 bail with a surety

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Bruno Mars ‘sued by A photographer for His photo

Singer, Bruno Mars is reportedly facing legal action for posting a black and white childhood picture of himself posing as a pint-sized Elvis Presley impersonator on his social media accounts.

According to TMZ, the 32-year-old singer is reportedly being sued by photographer Catherine McGann who snapped the 1989 image and says she still owns the copyright.

The photographer claims he posted it on all his social media accounts (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook) in June as part of the ‘Way Back Wednesday’ craze and didn’t seek permission.

Read TMZ report below..

Catherine McGann says she snapped this 1989 shot of Bruno — when he would’ve been just 3 or 4 years old, but was already famously performing the King’s hits. McGann says she owns the copyright on the shot … so, she was shocked to see it pop up all over Bruno’s social media.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, she says he posted it back in June on his IG, FB and Twitter pages … for a “Way Back Wednesday” that blew up. McGann says it garnered more than 1.2 million likes on Instagram alone. In other words … 24k magic!

Now, it doesn’t take a suspicious mind to figure out the alleged problem here — McGann says Bruno never got permission to use her copyrighted work. She’s suing Bruno and his record label, Warner Music, for damages and all profits they earned from her photo.

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Jamaican actor and dance-hall star Ninja Man convicted of murder, faces life in prison

Ninja Man, 51, is the latest Jamaican celebrity to be convicted of murder after Vybz Kartel who was sentenced to life in prison in 2014.

On Monday, the Home Circuit Court in Kingston convicted the actor who is also a dancehall singer and two co-accused for murder after they were found guilty of the 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson, also known as Ricky Trooper.

A seven-member jury comprising four men and three women handed down the verdict in Home Circuit Court in Kingston after three hours and 11 minutes of deliberation.

“A suh it go man,” Ninja Man said as he and his co-accused were led away in handcuffs.

As he boarded a police vehicle to be taken to prison, he would make another utterance.

“Don’t worry yuhself, Jamaica, I’ll be back,” Ninja Man said.

Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballentyne was found guilty of murder and shooting with intent, while his son, Janiel Ballentyne and Dennis Clayton, were convicted of murder after the jury heard testimony from the main witness whom the prosecution named only as “Witness A”.

They were on trial for five weeks for the 2009 murder of Johnson which happened on the 16th of March at the Lower Mall Road community of Kingston.

According to reports, the case started in 2009 and had a total of 17 missed trial dates and 23 mentioned dates.

Ninjaman, his son and Dennis Clayton will be sentenced on December 15. They face the possibility of life in prison.

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