A luxury car dealer who was ignored for defrauding his high-end customers has filed a defamation suit against NSW government minister Matt Kane in a public warning issued three years ago.
In September 2001, when he was Minister for Good Regulation, Mr. Kane issued a stern statement urging the public to clean up Bevan Ronald Clayton and his Woolloomooloo car dealership, Clayton Bespoke.
Mr Kane said dealerships had stockpiled Rolls-Royce Phantom and Tesla before their customers said they had either not paid or had bounced checks. He labeled Mr Clayton’s behavior “not good enough”.
Mr Clayton was indicted after 11 complaints, and Clayton Bespoke was asked to investigate an inquiry into NSW Fair Trade 16.
In May 2020, he was acquitted on appeal to a three-district district court for fraudulently obtaining financial benefits and providing false documents.
Last week, Mr Clayton filed a defamation suit against Mr Kane in federal court. The minister falsely accused himself of being a dishonest trader who used to pay customers $ 1 million.
His claim was signed by Swe Chrysanthou SC, barrister Christian Porter informed ABC to act in a defamation suit against the former attorney-general.
Mrs. Chrysonthau is no stranger to defamation cases with politicians. He represented Greek Senator Sarah Hansen-Young in the lawsuit against David Leonzelum and former Liberal staffer Britney Higgins.
Mr Clayton has raised the issue in a statement published on Mr Kane’s official website and promoted on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Mr Clayton claimed Mr Kane had discredited him by portraying him as a “thief” who was so dishonest and unreliable as a car dealer that a public warning was needed.
He accused the minister of “failing to account to his customers for significant amounts of money, in some cases even accounting for the vehicles they handed over for sale”.
Mr Clayton said in court documents that he had asked Mr Kane to make a statement on February 11 this year but that it remained until the case was filed.
He is seeking compensation and is not barring Mr. Kane from republishing any remarks about him when it is offensive.
He alleged that Mr Kane’s conduct had been tarnished by the minister’s inability to respond before issuing the statement and by promoting the statement in media interviews and on social media.
Among the individuals identified as Mr Clayton downloading Mr Kane’s statement was Benellog, a federal member for John Alexander.
Clayton Bespoke September 22, 201. Was placed in the administration.
NSW Fair Trading said it had revoked Clayton Bespoke’s motor dollar license in October 201, and was not taking any action against Mr. Clayton.
Mr Kane declined to comment. Mr Clayton’s lawyer did not respond to a request for comment from NCA Newswire.
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