Actress Lorraine Moropa responds to Mangaliso Ngema over 'masturbation claims' – He wants R12.5mil


Lithapo actress Lorraine Moropa intends to defend the R12.5 million defamation lawsuit instituted against her in June by former Generations actor -.

The 24-year-old, who plays Pabi on the SABC2 telenovela, filed a notice of an intention to defend at the Johannesburg High Court on July 19, seeking that the court strike the matter off the roll and citing that Ngema’s hefty claim was unlikely to be proven during the trial.

Without mentioning Ngema by name, Moropa detailed in a lengthy Instagram post how she had been constantly harassed by a male senior in the workplace.

“Some of the sexual acts that the cast member performed [include] grabbing their genitals on set while looking at your ass or [grabbing] your ass and [laughing it] off. This is a father who happens to speak highly of his daughter, who, by the way, is practically my age and [is] also in the industry,” she wrote.

Shortly after her post, a picture of Ngema circulated on social media as the alleged perpetrator.

But Ngema has denied any wrongdoing and claims that there are other agendas at play.

Ngema filed his claim at the same court, revealing that the sexual harassment allegations levelled against him by Moropa in July last year put him under immense financial strain.

Ngema had also pointed out in his particulars of claim that the production company, Quizzical Pictures, had failed to conduct an investigation, but assumed that he was guilty.

“The plaintiff [Ngema], his family and his earning capacity were prejudiced, and remain prejudiced as a result of the forestated. Examples of the prejudice caused include, but are not limited to:

– The SABC1 drama series Family Secrets experienced a massive public outcry over the casting of the plaintiff as the lead;
-An international film, Venus Fly Trap, for which he would have been considered [to join the cast], but was not as a result of the controversy now surrounding him; and
-Matau Mining Solutions declined to invest R5.5 million in his prospective feature film Khalile, and confirmed that the [sexual assault] allegation was the reason they decided not to invest.”

Ngema said that both Moropa and Quizzical Pictures circulated the sexual harassment allegations against him on social media, prompting the public to assume that they were true

However, Moropa’s lawyers said in her notice to defend that the actor’s particulars of claim failed to constitute material facts.

They also highlight that Ngema’s pleadings were merely his own opinions and conclusions.

“The opinion of the plaintiff relating to the importance or otherwise of the facts stated herein are subjective and, accordingly, Moropa would be prejudiced by attempting to plead to the view held by Ngema.

“Such an allegation fails to serve to establish his cause of action.”

The papers further pointed out that Ngema’s claim to financial constraints as a result of sexual harassment allegations are without merit and proof.

“That the plaintiff’s particulars of claim lace pavements necessary to sustain a cause of action … the allegations by the plaintiff that his claim for future loss of income and/or earning capacity … is vague and embarrassing in the sense that the claim lacks sufficient particularity upon which the first defendant can be expected to plead thereto.”

Moropa’s lawyer, Bradley Nowikow, confirmed that they were defending the matter:

Ngema said all he wanted was to clear his name.

“There’s a very sad trend of women bringing down men unfairly and unjustly. I’m a victim of such a trend, despite my respect and protection of women’s rights. I have daughters that I love dearly, and there is no way I could harass or intentionally hurt someone else’s child. This was a case of bad judgement by my accuser and the production company, and it’s costing me a great deal financially and professionally,” said Ngema.

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