Tobago businesswoman Diane Hadad is warning the United National Congress (UNC) that its continued usage of a video clip with her discussing Tobago issues will result in legal action against the party.
In a release yesterday, Hadad said she finds it “reprehensible” that a political party can use her name and image to “score cheap political points.”
“I take this opportunity to distance and disassociate myself from any political advertisements on the various print, electronic and social media platforms, using clips of any interviews that I would have conducted in the past,” Hadad said.
The businesswoman, who is also the chairman of the Tobago Chapter of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, appears at the end of the 1:53-minute UNC political ad for three seconds.
Commenting on it, Hadad said, “That soundbite is now being used out of context and linking myself with a political party in an attack ad on its political rival. It is reprehensible for any political party to use Diane Hadad’s name and image to score cheap political points. I am a businesswoman and as a citizen of this country, I serve my country with dignity and pride. I am not in any way involved in party politics. Even more importantly, I was never notified that my good name, voice, and image were to be used in such a manner.”
Before she appears, other video clips of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh discussing the COVID-19 pandemic form most of the video.
However, disassociating herself from the electronic production, which has the tag ‘Let’s undo this,’ Hadad added that while she had views, they were independent ones.
“I remain apolitical and independent in those views and opinions. Consequently, in the first instance, I am requesting that with immediate effect, all political advertisements using Diane Hadad’s name, image, likeness or voice being aired on any media, be it on social media, print or electronic media be immediately removed and all publication cease; and that no other video, quote, image or photo of me be used by any political party or any of its affiliates or supporters or anyone whatsoever or whosoever in support of or against any political party or candidate in the upcoming election.”
She further warned, “I am in consultation with my legal team, and I wish to inform all that I will be taking legal action in defence of my good name and character.”