Wissam Al Mana, the Qatari billionaire who has been married to Janet Jackson, is suing Facebook for promoting a crypto scam that used his image.
He claims false advertising, malicious falsehood and defamation by a crypto firm that hasn’t been named yet. The defamation action was filed in Dublin, where the European headquarters for Facebook is. Such cases’ legal framework is more amenable for plaintiffs in Ireland.
Facebook Accused of Hiding Behind the 1st Amendment in the US
According to Paul Tweed, a Belfast-based defamation attorney and Al Mana’s lawyer, defamation cases have a better chance of being successful in Europe, since Facebook supposedly hides behind the 1st Amendment in the US, evading this way the responsibility to protect its users.
Al Mana doesn’t want to give any interviews, so the public information about his case was revealed on wissamalmana.com, which is his personal website. Here, he mentioned that he doesn’t have any social media accounts so profiles linked to his name don’t provide accurate information.
Al Mana is Worth 1 Billion Euro
Owning the exclusive regional rights to well-known brands like Hermes, McDonald’s Qatar franchise, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Harvey Nichols, Al Mana is worth 1 billion euros. His marriage with Janet Jackson lasted from 2012 to 2017. Tweed also represented Ismail Omar Guelleh, the Djibouti President, Nicolas Cage, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, Harrison Ford and Jessica Biel.
Many Stars’ Image Illegally Used in Crypto Campaigns
In the fall of 2019, a Bitcoin (BTC) investment platform used false testimonies from Kate Winslet, the famous actress, while saying it’s backed by Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Richard Branson.
As far as the stars scammed by crypto schemes, these are Floyd Mayweather and Dj Khaled. Dj Khaled helped with the promotion of Centra Tech’s initial coin offering. Centra Tech’s co-founders were after indicted and charged by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with wire and securities fraud.