Johan Raja Lawak gets his justice.
Actor and comedian Johan Raja Lawak has won his lawsuit against a drama director, Mohd. Javed Mohd. Nizar and film production company, Juara Filem Sdn Bhd, over the injuries he sustained from a discussion four years ago.
The court which also rejected the RM 2 million countersuit which was filed by 37-year-old Mohd. Javed and the production company saw High Court Judge Datuk Su Geok Yiam order the defendants to pay damages and cost of RM1 million to Johan, 29, and his wife, actress Rozlinawaty Ismail, who’s also known as Ozlynn Wati, 32.
The couple filed a RM1 million lawsuit against Mohd. Javed and Juara Filem Sdn. Bhd on July 18th, 2010 claiming that Mohd. Javed had assaulted and tossed a drinking glass at Johan, which resulted in him having to suffer an injury on the forehead, when they met up at restaurant Sikamat, Seremban Negri Seremban on May 11th, 2010 for a discussion.
In the lawsuit, Johan, claimed that Mohd. Javed flipped their table due to anger and that Johan was also punched in the eye by Halim, a production crew. The actor and comedian also claimed that Mohd. Javed and Halim had continuously hit and kick him and his wife suffered her share of their brutality when she tried to stop them.
He also claimed that Mohd. Javed had written and sent a defamatory email against them to the Malaysian Artiste Association on May 20th, 2010. According to Johan, the words used by Mohd. Javed in the email implied that Johan was unsuitable to be hired as an actor as he was never on time, uncooperative and a trouble maker to the point of getting fired from the drama production.
Johan also claimed that his mother, Salwa Md Dani, had passed away due to brain tumour on May 10th, 2013, the day prior to the incident and that he and Ozylnn had to arrange for the funeral and could only arrive at the filming location at 4.00pm the following day.
The couple demanded RM1 million for general damages as well as special damages, costs and other relief deemed fit by the court. They also demanded for a public apology by the defendants through the local print and electronic media and the withdrawal of the defamatory email.