Recently the Nassau Tribune published a story “Billionaire's Claim Of Defamation” detailing how the Lyford Cay billionaire filed charges against an alleged contributor of a local blog, namely Bahamas Press.
Louis Bacon is also seeking an injunction against Earlin Williams over four articles posted on BahamasPress.com, according to a Supreme Court writ dated July 11, 2012.
But what is it that a journalist, making only a fair wage, can pay to a billionaire? Some observers are of the opinion that Bacon is simply attempting to suppress the message by silencing the messenger.
This is not the first time that Bacon’s local lawyers have sent threatening or intimidating letters to individual journalists and media houses in hopes of getting them to back off of Bacons trail and turn a blind eye to obvious news.
We understand that officials at JCN have also received such notices. Sources also indicate that several individual journalists have been approached by attorneys and threatened with defamation law suits. To make things worse, the former administration supported these actions by allowing these types of suits to be filed and leaving journalists to fend for themselves.
This will not happen with Ear to the Ground on the case; we intend on ensuring that both sides of the coin are presented in true journalistic form. That is the Freedom of the Press, the voice for the silent majority, and a main staple in a democratic society.
One can only question the reasoning behind Bacon attacking journalists, when he can be linked to a number of criminal acts. Some those are presently being heard before Bahamian courts. The most significant being an alleged conspiracy with officials of the Lyford Cay Home Owners Association to drive his neighbor from the luxury community.
This plot even included the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: Bacon’s operatives funded much of a documentary that directly attacked the character and reputation of his neighbor Peter Nygard. That forced the hiring of a former Scotland Yard detective who uncovered the entire scheme. These findings are what make up the base of what appears to be a strong criminal case Nygard commenced against Bacon and others in the Bahamian courts.
But that is not the only matter before Bahamian courts. Bacon is also entangled in a legal battle over a section of land that serves both of their Lyford Cay properties as an access easement. It's alleged that Bacon used political influence under the former administration of the FMN, to attempt to steal the land without any objections. One wonders why then Bacon is determined to intimidate and silence the press?
It's also reported that Bacon is wanted for questioning in connection with the discovery of the dead body of his former property manager Dan Tuckfield and more recently Peter Tuckerfield, whose body was floating on a beach along his property. A man who was said to be visiting Point House and whose body seems to have vanished of the face of the earth. This after police reported to members of the Bahamian press that a body was found in the surrounding property of Louis Bacon's Point House home in Lyford Cay. After further investigations, it was discovered to the surprise of the authorities at the morgue at the Princess Margaret hospital, that police reported the person to have drowned in the area of Bacons property.
The threat of Bacon loomed all the way into the tranquil islands of Andros and Exuma. There, Bacon had his high-powered lawyers to cause for the police, with the assistance of a former cabinet minister in the then Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham's administration, to arrest Terry Bain. Bain is a leading environmentalist who resides in the Exuma Cays. He was harassed for speaking out against Bacon's total disregard for the Bahamian environmental laws by illegally dredging a marina for his boats.
Prescott Smith is another environmentalist and bone fisherman who resides on the island of Andros who Bacon had his legal team intimidate, leaving him wrapped into the fist of Bacon's long dollars arrested for the same matter.
Louis Bacon brought a suit against these well respected men, parading them before the Bahamian courts for a matter legal matter Bacon knew that he could not win. Observers say that if the men had the money they would counter-sue Bacon, the hedge fund king, for millions of his big bucks for unnecessary harassment.
Most of the media houses in the Bahamas are fed up with Louis Bacon and his intimidation tactics, trying to muzzle them from simply mentioning his name. But the hedge fund king continues to make the headlines as the police have had to visit his property constantly over the last several years. Police raided Point House and found illegal ultrasonic speaker weapons used by the military, that Bacon's attorney Pericles Maillis admitted that his client used against his neighbor Nygard and guests. The military speakers were confiscated by the police because it also could of caused a serious air collision because the illegal military speakers was interfering with Bahamian Aviation safety system for its in-coming and outgoing flights. This act within itself was an infraction against the Aviation safety laws.
Then there was the discovery of dead bodies - that of Dan Tuckfield, Bacons former property manager found drowned in a Jacuzzi, and there was another body fished from the waters near Bacons property. During one of the raids at Point House, police found more than ten guns in the home, left in plain sight, which could have easily been used or stolen by staff members or unsuspecting persons.
All of these conspicuous matters were not easy to disregard but rather, it was these most pertinent activities that had caused for the media to do their jobs as members of the fourth estate. But because they did their job and did it so well to the annoyance of Louis Bacon the hedge fund king, he had his local attorneys push their legal weight around threatening just about all of the Bahamian media such as the Journal, Tribune, Nassau Guardian, the Punch, and several radio talk show hosts with letters of intimidation. Bacon seems to stop at nothing to avoid his name or face being seen or mentioned in the press or the media.
With no luck of avoiding news headlines in Nassau and with the major defeat of the governing Free National Movement party (FNM), it has been reported that the hedge fund king has taken his millions to the Turks & Caicos Islands to trying to build his nest of deception and confusion on the government and people of that island. The people of the Turk & Caicos Islands should take their cue from the Bahamian people who ran Bacon of the country and the FNM out of power because of the alleged corruption surrounding the relationship of the former FNM government and Bacon - a name Bahamian judges probably don’t want to see on another fickle court document.