By Henry Iheanacho
Nigerian billionaire, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has told a U.S. court how his former American girlfriend, Autumn Spike tried to extort $5 million from him.
Dangote filed a civil law suit against Spikes known on Instagram as @Allarounda1, at a Miami-Dade County Court in Florida, US.
The business used the pseudonym, John Doe, alias AD, standing as the ‘acronym’ for his name, Aliko Dangote.
He seeks $30,000 in damages against Ms Spikes, who in the process of exposing their relationship, showed his butt on social media.
One of the court documents filed by the plaintiff on January 22, is titled, ‘Complaint petition for declaratory judgment complaint for (about) extortion petition for injunctive relief’ according to Premium Times.
The document accused Spikes of libel, defamation, cyberstalking and a breach of agreement ”to keep their relationship private and off the social media”.
It stated that Mr Dangote’s “business acumen has made him a target for coercion by the defendant”, adding that Ms Spikes demanded “meritless claims of $5 million” in the nature of “palimony to which she is not legally entitled”.
Dangote in his suit said that Ms Spikes had in the past requested financial assistance from him to start up a business and he agreed toads her on the ground that it would be private.
His court document read in part, “Autumn Spikes demanded from the plaintiff assistance as an entrepreneur in a start-up business when there was no loan commitment, nor oral or written promise.
“The plaintiff once announced an oral willingness to provide entrepreneurial assistance to Autumn Spikes on the condition that it be confidential and private.”
He said he later started seeing social media posts and planned media talk shows “done to expose him and make his life miserable if he fails to comply with the demand for $5,000,000.”
“John Doe’s generosity toward Autumn Spikes, if any, has been breached by Autumn Spikes’ exposure and solicitations to talk show media if he fails to pay her meritless demands,” he added.
Mr Dangote said his “generosity toward Autumn Spikes, if any, has been breached by Autumn Spikes’ exposure and solicitations to media talk shows if he fails to pay her meritless demands.”
He maintained that he had the right to stop being generous to her and demand a refund of the funds he had given her to assist her business in the past.
Ms Spikes’ alleged demands was deceived as meritless extortive demands said such ”are not protected by First Amendment freedom of speech and are barred by Fla. Stat. 771 01 et. Seq”.
Dangote also alleged that Ms Spikes continued her vowed and threatened to subject him to untrue publicity if he fails to pay her the money she demanded.
The document further noted that the “Defendant has threatened communications on social media, Facebook, Instagram, and otherwise.
“John Doe has a right to terminate his generosity and to obtain from Autumn Spikes a refund of the monies he had given her to assist her in starting up a business.”
Dangote accused Ms Spike of cyberstalking and demanding for money. He also said that Spike have allegedly threatened to release private information if her demands are not accepted.
The document said Spikes’ demand is “embarrassing and upsetting” adding that she “demands support in lieu of marriage or alienation of affection when she is not entitled to the same”.
Dangote, prayers are ”a non-jury trial, damages, an award of refund of all of those monies she claims plaintiff paid her, court costs and such remedies as available under the law”.
He also wants the defendant to be restrained from demanding “payment in exchange for non-disclosure of their relationship”.
Mr Dangote’s lawyers described him in the court document as a wealthy entrepreneur, whose business acumen has made a target for coercion by the defendant.
The lawyers said the plaintiff used pseudonyms like John Doe and AD to avoid unnecessary media attention and avert coercion to pay the demanded money by Ms Spikes.