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Gareth Cliff's legal battle with M-Net looming

The High Court in Johannesburg will tomorrow hear Cliff’s application to have ‘Idols’ auditions halted.

Gareth Cliff. Picture: Facebook.
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Local Entertainment Lifestyle

JOHANNESBURG – Axed Idols judge Gareth Cliff will tomorrow start his court battle against broadcaster M-Net over his dismissal from the show. 

Cliff Claims M-Net dismissed him unfairly over comments he made regarding a racist facebook post by Penny Sparrow earlier this month.

Penny Sparrow Facebook post, calling black people monkeys.

He commented that people don’t understand "free speech".

M-Net says the radio personality’s view has threatened its brand, prompting a review of its relationship with him. 
 
The High Court in Johannesburg will tomorrow hear his application to have Idols auditions halted until he’s reinstated as a judge. 
 
If he isn’t reappointed, Cliff is expected to sue M-Net for R25 million for defamation and unfair dismissal. 
 
However, M-Net claims its decision to part ways with him was not an unfair one as talks of his return for the new season of Idols hadn’t been finalised. 
 
The broadcaster is also refuting claims of defamation and says any harm caused to Cliff's reputation was his own doing. 
 
It says Idols auditions will proceed as scheduled as any postponement will have financial implications.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)


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