Cape Breton businessman wants tweets stopped

Staff ~ The Cape Breton Post
Published on April 9, 2014

A Sydney businessman has filed a statement of claim against a mother and her son claiming the two have defamed him by repeated negative postings on the social media site Twitter.

Parker Douglas Rudderham filed the statement March 31 in Supreme Court claiming Pamela Aspden of Sydney and her son Eric LeClerc have defamed him by suggesting "he is a monster, a strong advocate for domestic violence, a megalomaniac, liar, sociopath, sick man, person with no morals, worthless coward, abusive clown and bully and having an empty conscience."

Locally, Rudderham is the owner of Amadeo's Italian Bistro in Sydney and is also president of Coltsfoot Publishing which publishes Frank Magazine, based in Halifax. Rudderham is also president of Pharmacy Wholesale Services which is based in Montreal.

Rudderham claims the offending tweets have damaged his reputation, self-esteem and emotional well being and in addition to seeking punitive and general damages, he wants an injunction requiring the defendants to delete their tweets about him.

As of Tuesday, no defence has yet been filed by Aspden or LeClerc.