In the defamation action, Brown has now brought a counter-suit against Bacon who has said or implied in an open letter widely published, that Brown has conspired to Peter Nygard, the Canadian Fashion mogul, to create media to tarnish Bacon’s reputation. Bacon has said that Brown was being paid by Nygard through lawyer Smith.
Brown has denied this. He claims his journalism is not for sale and while he knows Mr. Nygard, his stories are balanced, fair and reflects the personal commentary that Brown says comes from his training and experience.
Keod Smith, attorney for Brown in this counterclaim says, “These are the contrasts that the court will have to look at. Are Bacon’s frontal assaults on the Bahamian people, the Bahamian government and the integrity of our institutions his personal play things? Are we living in a country where the super wealthy can just thrown their money and their weight around and abuse processes and hold themselves out as the paragons of innocence and integrity when we know better? Is it the right of the Bahamian people to know the facts a crime? Should Sherman Brown have to be made into a criminal and suffer verbal and legal abuse by Bacon because he is a dogged and determined journalist? I say no. Just because Bacon can elicit the unquestioned support of The Tribune newspaper, does not mean he can buy the journalists who work there. This counter claim is more about little David with a sling shot going up against this roaring mighty colossus Goliath. We all know the ending of the story. The Bahamas has come too far and we have so much opportunity to continue to build a great country and a peaceful and healthy and prosperous society. The same way Bacon came in, we invite him to leave. We sent him the tweet. Get Out and Stay Out”.
Bacon has several public relations and journalistic personnel in his employ.
The open letters of Bacon remains published on the website of “Save the Bays”, a pressure group which Bacon states in court papers was founded and financed by him.
With his mouthpiece for Save the Bays being controversial Attorney, Fred Smith, QC, some have expressed the belief that Bacon thinks he can say whatever he wishes about other people. But Fred Smith is having some challenges in the public arena in terms of his credibility for taking positions on behalf of Bacon which are foreign to the way of life of The Bahamas. As recent as this week, he has attempted to get the police to arrest Bahamian citizens who dared to make their theme at the 2015 New Year Junkanoo parade, the fact that Bacon, through his genetic heritage, is connected to the Ku Klux Klan.
“How can a man who denigrated black people, could have a right to use the police as his personal weapon simply because those very black people exposes the truth of his family heritage in the context of our culture which was predicated on slave people in The Bahamas being able to speak truth to power without even the then slave masters trying to stop them or punish them for such views. Now Bacon and Fred Smith want to openly trample on our constitutional right to free expression. Well, I say to Bacon: you can call me the great grandson of a slave, which I am, but I would not think that I am a slave. Why are you getting so riled up when someone else says…you, Bacon are the great grandson of a grand dragon of the KKK? Just condemn them and move on,” says Attorney Keod Smith.