A nude video of Kannywood actress, Maryam Booth was released to blackmail her, Kannywood Guild of Artistes (KGA) has declared.
Reacting to the video that went viral on Friday, Chairman of the guild, Alhassan Kwalle, said that the KGA was not considering banning the actress.
The actress had accused her ex-lover Ibrahim Ahmad Rufai aka Deezell of orchestrating the leaking of the two-second video to blackmail her.
In a statement, the actress said the video was three years old.
Deezell, in turn, denied recording or releasing the video and threatened a lawsuit for defamation of character if she failed to withdraw her statement and tender an apology.
In his reaction, Kwalle said that Booth’s nude video was released to blackmail her.
He added that Booth’s case was different from that of fellow actress, Maryam Iyana, who was banned for a similar case.
The KGA boss decried the negative perception of movie artistes in the society, blaming it for the ordeal actresses pass through in incidents like this.
“As a leader in this industry, I am always surprised at the way the public is looking at us. Just recently, before this issue involving this young lady came up, many had happened that were even worse but it didn’t get to the public domain as this one.
“What happened to this girl everyone knows that the video was mischievously taken to blackmail her, not that she was doing a film or sort.
“She tried to take action about it immediately but the guy that did it acted as if he had deleted the video and for over three years he has been using that to extort money from her under threat that he will release the video until he eventually released it on Friday,” Kwalle told Daily Trust.