Response to Press Statement by Asot Michael concerning complaint of harassment

ST JOHN’S, 10TH DECEMBER 2021……The attention of the Government of Antigua and
Barbuda has been brought to a press statement issued by Mr. Asot Michael in which elaborate and
false accusations have been made, trying to implicate Prime Minister Gaston Browne in yet another
scandal involving Mr. Michael.
According to Mr. Michael’s press statement, he has been accused of harassing an employee of the
EMS who has lodged a complaint with the Police. This is not the first time that Mr. Michael has
been accused of sexual violations, involving our youth. My government expects the police and
prosecution authorities to do all that they can within the law to protect our youth from sexual
predators and to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
It is Mr. Michael’s normal practice whenever his notorious behaviour becomes public knowledge,
to cast himself as a victim and to falsely and maliciously accuse others of conspiring against him.
This is his usual attempt to cover-up wrongful deeds and to distract attention from himself.
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda makes it clear that no one in the government, including
the Prime Minister, was aware of the complaint of molestation brought against Asot Michael by
an EMS employee, until the complaint was made to the Police and the information was
circulated in the public domain.
As far as the Government is concerned, the matters to which Asot Michael refers in his press
statement are between him, his accuser and the Police who, no doubt, will deal with it in the
same manner with which it deals with all complaints of sexual assault.
There are aspects of Mr. Michael’s statement concerning the Prime Minister which are
defamatory on their face. In this regard, legal advice will be sought and appropriate action taken.


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