Actress, Kate Henshaw, has been accused of assaulting photojournalists in the line of duty at the presentation of former Ekiti State First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi’s book, ‘Loud Whispers’, held at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos on December 3, 2017.
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Kate’s accuser is David Adejo, a photojournalist with The Nation, who wrote about his faceoff with the actress at the occasion on the online version of the paper.
In the piece, Adejo alleged that the 46-year-old actress was fond of firing verbal assaults at photojournalists at event and the occasion of Erelu Fayemi’s book’s presentation where she was an MC was not an exception.
At the event, the popularly actress allegedly held nothing back as she was upset with his victims, tongue lashing them, and threatening to beat up Adejo and ended up hitting him on his head.
He wrote: “I have never felt so humiliated as I did last weekend during the book presentation of In the course of doing my work as a photojournalist with The Nation newspaper, I needed to capture images of the event which I was duly invited to. Looking for a vantage point during the unveiling of the book, I scurried to take images.
“However, to my utter consternation, I saw no other person than Kate Henshaw, who was co-mc of the event who started harassing me and other photojournalists present.
“All of a sudden, she started hurling insults on the photojournalists as they went about their duty. She freely called us names such ‘fools, animals’ and even asked, “are you crazy?” None of us liked it but at that point, we just focused on taking our pictures.
After the event, I went and complained to Joke Silva who was also a co-MC to report Kate Henshaw to her and asked that the Nollywood actress should apologise to the photojournalists present, including myself for her unruly behaviour because we were angry at her unruly behaviour.
“But she rain insult on me and as a messenger, I told my fellow lens guys that Kate wouldn’t apologise. And truly, she did not. Rather, while I was filling my report to office, Kate went after me pointing fingers at me, calling me names, insulting me and even hitting me on the head.”
Adejo added: “She even asked me to come for a fight, saying she can comfortably beat me. ‘You big head, Pig, Fool, dirty man,’ she shouted as she pushed my laptop to the floor.
“A colleague from The Tell magazine, Kehinde Shonola, pleaded with Kate but it was the turn of the middle age man to get his portion of insult. Other photojournalists at the event were afraid to talk to Kate so that they would not be insulted by her. Some said it is her usual attitude to insulting men at events and that she has no respect for anyone that asks her to stop.
“I think Dr. Joe Oke-Odumakin needs to take her campaign to Kate Henshaw and tell her to be more courteous. I have complained to the NUJ and I’m writing a petition on the matter.”