By now, you probably would have heard of the ongoing defamation suit that Singaporean influencer Rachel Wong has filed against one Olivia Wu.
If you're not quite sure about what's happening and are keen to find out more, you can check out our explainer here.
The lowdown, however, is that Wu had posted a series of Instagram Stories, accusing Wong of infidelity, and painting her to be an immoral and promiscuous character.
During the most recent hearing on June 28, 2022, High Court judge Justice Choo Han Teck delivered a short but savage judgement to dismiss Wong's appeal.
The influencer had wanted to stop Wu from gaining access to her correspondence (i.e. text messages) with the two other men that she was allegedly intimate with, while she was attached and later married to Singaporean footballer Anders Aplin.
Seven best quotes
Here are our favourite quotes from Choo, as detailed in his judgement.
But before we get into that, here's a quick look at who's who, owing to the legal terms used:
- Plaintiff: Rachel Wong, the influencer suing for defamation
- Defendant: Olivia Wu, the woman who had posted the allegedly defamatory Instagram Stories about Wong
- Counsel: Lawyer
1) "The plaintiff describes herself as “a full-time social media influencer, actress, model and host”. She maintains an Instagram account that she claims has 41,400 followers. That, I suppose, entitles her, in her estimation, to be a celebrity."
What we understood it to mean: Influencers, you ain't all that.
2) "It is not for me to decide on the merits of the action since this is only an appeal against the order for specific discovery against the plaintiff, an order made by the court below, and is now the subject of the appeal before me. But it is essential that the narrative is understood before the merits of this appeal can ...