Assault is sometimes defined as any intentional act that causes another person to fear that she is about to suffer physical harm- that means in some countries a threat is an assault.
Battery on the other hand is an intentional, offensive or harmful touching of another person that is done without his or her consent.
Peruzzi a member of Davido’s music Label (DMW) assaulted a social media influencer named Pamilerin over a tweet he made six months ago in January.
Quick flash back : Teni and Peruzzi were nominated in the same category for sound-city music awards- Teni won, leaving peruzzi to make a rather salty remark on twitter
“Personally I’d say I worked the hardest last year than any other new act, same way I made more money last year than any other new act in the country. There’s a way I see myself, it’s MY race, theres a way I’m running it. Focus on yours. Facts over hype. It’s really simple.”Peruzzi
His tweet received a lot of backlash from fans and one of the people who bashed him was twitter influencer Pamilerin
Six months later- they came face to face at an event in Bayelsa. A confrontation took place, an uproar ensued, it was reported that Peruzzi asked his body guards to hold parmilerin while he slapped him on the face -He repeatedly shouted that he will kill him/ destroy him.
That means in conclusion, if we have to stick to our preamble definition Perruzzi can be charged on three counts of Assault, battery and being a public nuisance
The fall out
The reactions was swift and Strong, Davido and Perruzzi responded to the backlash by apologizing on twitter with a BUT They are both now holding various interviews – and radio talks to justify their side of the story
Now here how we cash out
Parmilerin can press charges and sue for some millions- but first he needs to prove it in court, witnesses need to come forward, they need to see pictures and video evidence and prove with no doubt that he was indeed battered
Perruzzi has already dug himself in
Perruzzi exposed his ignorance on national radio by admitting that he slapped Pamilerin ( as captured by Instablog)
Hence he openly admitted to slapping him but claimed it was not an assault! In addition to that Parmilerin has photos and there are some videos of the Chaos
In all scenarios – Davido and Perruzzi loses
If they go ahead with a court case- the evidence is damning- They will most definitely lose . Davido may decide to flex his family connections- that would make Parmilerin a victim in the eyes of Nigeria , a case of press freedom versus the powerful.
Perruzzi may decide to counter sue against Parmilerin maybe charge him for cyber bullying – But at the end of the day any extended legal battle means extended media coverage- which is good for the influencer who stays in the news cycle and be earning likes on his page – bad for Davido and crew who did the actual “slappation”- the earlier Nigerians forget and move on the better for Perruzzi career- a court battle would do just the opposite
They may have to settle out of court for a nice amount – best option really if Parmilerin is wise enough to press charges. #pressfreedom
On another note- Peruzzi really needs to drop this single- RIGHT NOW he has our full attention. And yes Teni is better- At least for now.