Minnie Kariuki countersues Mitchelle Ntalami for Sh 3m, brings Anerlisa Muigai into the fray
The ongoing legal battle between social media influencer Mitchelle Ntalami and Real Housewives of Nairobi production, along with one of its cast members, Minnie Kariuki, has taken another dramatic turn.
Just two days after Ntalami filed her lawsuit against Minnie and the production, Minnie retaliated by launching a counter-lawsuit against Ntalami for defamation.
In her counterclaim, Minnie seeks compensation of Sh3 million from Ntalami. This legal feud began on November 8, 2022, during a dinner date organised by Susan Kaittany, another cast member of the Real Housewives of Nairobi.
The contentious relationship between Ntalami and Minnie has only escalated since then.
Ntalami, who is also suing Minnie for defamation, alleges that her rival initiated cyberbullying and spread false and malicious statements about her immediately after the show’s launch.
The news of this lawsuit, which has been making waves in the entertainment industry since the Nation first reported it on Tuesday, October 3, has had a negative impact on Minnie’s brand. According to her, this is the primary reason for her defamation lawsuit against Ntalami.
Through her legal representation, Mwendwa Njagi & Co, Minnie Kariuki has issued a demand letter to Ntalami, instructing her to cease and desist from making false and defamatory statements about her.
In the letter, the law firm states that Ntalami’s claims of legal action against Minnie and her public statements about the case are both inaccurate and defamatory.
Minne says that is yet to be served formally by Ntalami and as such her “public statement suggesting legal action against our client without serving her with proper notice or legal document are both inaccurate and defamatory,” the demand letter stated.
“That even if your fictitious suit exists, your actions of posting about a live court case in social media and litigating the same via the court of public opinion amounts to sub-judice and extra-judicial which is prohibited by law,” it continued.
As part of her demands, Minnie Kariuki has given Ntalami three days to cease making false or defamatory statements on any platform and to issue an unconditional and public retraction of her previous statements.
If their demands are met, Minnie’s legal team has also hinted at seeking Sh3 million in general damages for defamation.
“Upon satisfaction of our above demand, we shall also be demanding a sum of Kenya shillings three million being general damages for defamation of our client being guided by the award in Mwananchi Credit Limited and another Vs Anerlisa Muigai.”