Fadda Dickson Narh, Empress Nana Ama Mcbrown, Afia Schwarzenegger, Kwame A Plus and Mr Logic have been convicted of contempt of court.
The five, together with UTV were cited for contempt based on a panel discussion they held on United Showbiz discussing the merits or otherwise of a defamation suit which was pending in court.
The defamation suit was in relation to a case filed by Bernard Antwi Boasiako, also known as Chairman Wontumi, represented by legal practitioner, Maurice Ampaw.
On Thursday, December 1, 2022, the High Court in Tema convicted and fined all of them.
A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of Afia Schwarzenegger who was not present in court.
She is to spend 10 days in prison when arrested while the others are to pay GH¢60,000 each.
Host of the United Showbiz programme, Nana Ama McBrown, panellists Emmanuel Barnes alias Mr Logic and Kwame A Plus, who is a regular panellist on the show were fined GH¢60,000 each (5,000 penalty units) failure to do so they risk two-month jail sentence.
Fadda Dickson Narh, Executive Producer of the United Showbiz programme on UTV was however pardoned by the court after the court held that he showed remorse before the case was brought to court by causing a publication to be made on UTV apologising.
Chairman Wontumi had dragged Afia Schwarzenegger and the other contemnors including United Television (UTV) to court after she and the other contemnors decided to run commentary on a case pending before the court in July 2022.
Counsel for the applicant, Maurice Ampaw, argued that they were to be penalized to help deter others from making such unsubstantiated claims.
In the affidavit in support of the motion to commit the respondents to prison for contempt of court, counsel for applicants, Maurice Ampaw said on Saturday, July 9, 2022 edition of the United Showbiz programme, the host and the executive producer offered their platform to other panellists to discuss Afia Schwarzenegger’s alleged romantic affair with Chairman Wontumi, which he said was a subject matter for determination by the court, stressing that it was sub judice hence the action in court.
Watch Maurice Ampaw explain why the individuals were convicted.