Businesswoman and social media star, Melissa Atwell aka “Melly Mel” has been slapped with a $10 million lawsuit from the Balwant Singh Hospital over her decision to share several horror testimonials from alleged unsatisfied patients of the hospital.
The hospital is also seeking an injunction to prevent her from making future social media posts about the hospital and the services that it offers.
Just over a week ago, Atwell was questioned by the Police for several hours on a criminal complaint filed by the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital Dr. Madhu Singh.
Singh’s complaint dealt with several alleged testimonials and reviews of the hospital services from a number of unnamed former patients, who ridiculed the hospital and the CEO.
In her response to the lawsuit, Atwell is claiming that she did nothing illegal since she shared the verbatim stories of former patients as she received them. She said there are records that could verify the account of the former patients and even former staffers whose stories she shared.
She said that she shared the stories because she believes the public has a right to know the experiences of others at the public institution.
Atwell in her Court documents said she believes that the move by the hospital to file the injunction is an attempt to limit her free speech.
Her Attorneys, Sanjeev Datadin, Ganesh Hira, Donavon Rangiah and Anessa Chow are arguing that the injunction ought not be granted.