Singaporean social media influencer Rachel Wong, who recently filed a defamation suit, lost her objection to handing over her private correspondence and journal entries to the defendant. High Court judges upheld the lower court’s decision allowing a woman who publicly accused Wong of infidelity to obtain a match between Wong and two men.
Defendant Olivia Wu called Wong on Instagram the “cheater of 2020” with six Instagram Stories, and alleged that Wong cheated on her ex-husband, national footballer Anders Aplin, on several occasions.
According to reports on Today, Wu knows Aplin’s current girlfriend. This led Wong to sue Wu for defamation and seek damages of SG$150,000, including aggravated damages. Wong, who currently has around 44.2,000 followers on her Instagram, also said the posts had damaged her reputation as a full-time social media influencer and her image was crucial to securing business deals and partnerships. , on which she relies for a living, reported ST.
On Instagram, Wong describes herself as a host, live host, and content creator in the wellness and lifestyle space. A quick check by INTERACTIVE-MARKETING found that some of Wong’s published brands that may have worked with her include OSIM, Shopback, Hooga, Nood, The Face Shop, Class Pass, PHS Hair Care, among others.
Following Wong’s defamation case against Wu, Wu had requested that correspondence between Wong and the two men she allegedly had an affair, as well as her diary entries be made available to bolster her defense that her charges were true.
The High Court judge said in his decision that Wu had “adequately demonstrated” the need for the documents for the defamation trial, and that it was essential to understand the story of the situation. He also added that the current narrative was unclear due to “Instagram talking” and “the attorney’s complete failure to translate this into English, [Wong’s] statement is full of glitz.” Meanwhile, the judge also responded to Wong’s attorney’s argument that Wu was on a “fishing expedition” with, “In this case, samples of relevant material had been products and, to extend the fishing analogy just a bit further, it’s not just a fishing trip if any fish have actually been spotted.
While Wong said she was disappointed with the outcome, she plans to continue to fight online abuse and defamation.
Photo Courtesy: Rachel Wong’s Instagram