Nigerian singer and song-writer, Oxlade has been fined five million naira by the Lagos High Court over his leaked sex tape with a woman on Snapchat.
Recall that in 2022, a sex tape of the singer surfaced online without the knowledge and consent of the woman in the video identified as John Blessing.
Following the outrage the leaked footage triggered, the singer was forced to tender a public apology both to his fans and the lady involved.
Despite the singer’s apology, Blessing filed a lawsuit seeking N20 million in damages and a declaration that Oxlade’s act of recording the explicit sexual acts without her knowledge and consent constituted a flagrant violation of enabling laws and a gross violation of her fundamental rights to dignity, privacy, and freedom from discrimination guaranteed by Sections 34 and 37 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended); and Articles 5 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.
Justice Olalekan Oresanya criticized the singer’s actions in surreptitiously recording and posting the tape online as ‘despicable, awful, nasty, and classless’ in a ruling dated January 24, 2023.
He also warned Oxlade not to repeat similar behavior in his future relationship with the opposite sex.
Furthermore, the judge chastised Oxlade for disrespecting the legal process and accused his lawyer of assisting him in desecrating the court.
According to the consent judgment, Oxlade must pay the claimant N5 million in two installments of N2 million and N3 million.
In addition. the judgment prohibits Blessing from beginning any additional legal procedure or any process relating to the facts and matters giving rise to the litigation, as well as from instituting or addressing the concerns raised in the claim on any platform or before any third person.
He also ordered that failure of either party to adhere to the terms shall entitle the affected party to damages for such breach, including any injuries incurred as a result of such disclosure.