Janet Jackson’s ex-husband, Qatarian billionaire Wissam Al Mana, is suing Facebook after a crypto scam promoted his image in the Middle East without his permission.
Al Mana claims defamation, malicious lies and fake ads from the unnamed cryptocurrency company, The Times reported in February. 23.
His defamation has been filed in Facebook, the European headquarters of Facebook, where the legal framework for such cases is considered more prone to plaintiffs than the United States.
Defamation cases, according to Belfast-based defamation lawyer Paul Tweed, are more likely to be successful in Europe because Facebook is reportedly trying to “hide” behind the first US change principles to evade its responsibilities to protect users’ reputation.
Al Mana hesitates to give interviews and allegedly makes efforts to limit public information and reporting to his official personal site, wissamalmana.com. He recently used the site to clarify that he does not have social media accounts and that profiles apparently linked to him “should not be cited or used as a source for accurate information.”
Al Mana – estimated at 1 billion euros – has exclusive regional rights to prestigious brands such as Harvey Nichols, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Hermès, as well as McDonald’s franchise for Qatar. He was married between 2012 and 2017 to the famous pop star Janet Jackson.
Tweed has previously represented the likes of Djibouti president Ismail Omar Guelleh and Qatarian critic Ghanem Nuseibeh against Facebook. He has also represented Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Lopez, Nicolas Cage and Harrison Ford in Irish defamation.