- Somizi has been served by Eric D for 5 million due to alleged incorrect and demeaning statements that were made about the 80's star in his book
- Eric's attorneys have stated that their clients name has been defamed and left him in a bad light
- When Somizi was approached for statement, he said that his manager, Thato Matuka, would make a statement, but he could not be reached
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Somizi Mhlongo has been faced with a major issue regarding statements made in his book.
Eric D, an entertainment star from the 1980’s, is not pleased as to how his name was potrayed in the book. Eric is fuming and wants his name to be cleared.
A letter of demand was served to Somizi for R5 million for statements made in Dominoes: Unbreakable Spirit – The Somizi Mhlongo Story, co-written by Somizi, editor Lesley Mofokeng.
Dumisani Eric Mbeko is Eric D’s real name. The letter of demand sent by Eric, is for the retraction of allegations made in Somizi’s book. He is also demanding a public apology from both Somizi and Lesley, reported The Daily Sun.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Eric D, is being represented by SP Mncwango & Company Attorneys.
The letter was leaked as The Daily Sun has a copy of it from the attorneys. The letter goes like this:
“Our instructions are that you, Somizi Buyani Mhlongo, together with Lesley Mofokeng, published a book titled Dominoes, and in said book on page 44 there are allegations made wherein it is stated that our client and Mr Mhlongo had fondled and touched while sharing a bed with you.”
The letter also states that according to the book, the event happened in the presence of a woman, which the book identifies as Eric D’s fiancee. This is allegedly, untrue.
There was no discussion at all with about what was going to be put into the book or to confirm the truth of happenings.
The allegations have defamed his name and left him humiliated.
According to the letter, on instructions from Eric D to his Attorneys, he demands compensation for this defamation.
Chapter 8 of the book, titled My First Gay Connection, Somizi states he went to a talent show.
The statement made in the book says: “I bumped into someone that I looked up to at that time. He was a local musician known as Eric D, whose disco music kept local dance floors alive back in the 1980s.”
It also says that Eric D used to share a note with the late Brenda Fassie and even that they had romantic relations at points in time.
Somizi wrote that after the show they went to Eric D’s house where they all three slept on the same bed.
“My heart throbbing and loins on fire, the scent of a man and the prickly hairy legs fired me up. It was my first time having a physical connection with a male. “We fondled. I was actually the one touching him and he touched me back, sending me into a tizz of ecstacy. There was not much we could do, because on the other side of the bed slept his girlfriend, the thought of having a bite of this forbidden fruit felt so good, the fondling and the rubbing was enough.”
When Somizi had left the next day, the events of the evening, were never discussed. He claims he was only a kid and was not aware of what he was getting himself into.
When Eric was asked to comment he said his attorneys would be the best people to speak to.
It was confirmed by the MD of the firm, Sphiwe Mncwango that they were representing Eric D on the matter and could not discuss any further with the media.
Lesley Mofokeng, from the Daily Sun, acknowledge he had received the letter of demand. Saying that he was only contracted to co-author the book and he does not own it!
Somizi was approached for comment saying that this was the first time he heard of it. He said his manager, Thato Matuka, would make a statement but he could not be reached.
Somizi once penned a letter to police minister, Bheki Cele.
Somizi has recently proved what a fun host he is by teaching some Russians in South Africa how to do the Vosho.
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