Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, right, has been talking about the scandal about which he says he has advised his son and Finance Minister, Camillo Gonsalves, to maintain “a dignified silence”. They are seen here at a press conference in September 2017. (iWN file photo)

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves says he has advised his son and Finance Minister, Camillo Gonsalves, not to comment on an ongoing scandal in which a model has claimed that she had a sexual relationship with him.

The model, Yugge Farrell, 22, of Lowmans Bay, made the claims in videos that appeared on social media on Saturday, one day after Kingstown magistrate, Bertie Pompey, ordered that she undergo two weeks of psychiatric evaluation.

“And let me say this, I have advised Camillo to say nothing at this stage; to say nothing yet,” the prime minister said on Thursday, Jan. 11 in a call to Shake-up on WE FM.

“Sir Louis [Straker] has advised him similarly,” the prime minister said, referring to his deputy.

Farrell was charged with using abusive language at Camillo’s wife, Karen Duncan-Gonsalves, to wit “you dirty b***h”.

She pleaded not guilty when she was arraigned last Friday and the prosecution then asked that she be sent for psychiatric evaluation.

The prosecution gave no evidence to support their application and the woman was institutionalised amidst strong objection by her lawyer, Grant Connell.

The development had occupied much of the public discussion since iWitness News broke the story last Friday.

On Thursday, Gonsalves said:

“I know that some talk show host who went off on the deep end and when they realised that they were in error to have gone off, they’re now comparing Camillo and Ralph.

“They are saying, well, you know, though it wouldn’t affect Camillo in his constituency, it might affect him in leadership stakes, because you know if it was Ralph, Ralph would be out there blazing guns, taking on everybody who wants to be taken on and that Camillo should be the same.

“But what they want is their mayhem to be added to…. But …, at the appropriate time, I will have things to say. But I am very concerned that this young lady should get good treatment to address the concern of mental health, which the magistrate was seized of,” Gonsalves said.

Storm Gonsalves, the prime minister’s youngest son, said on Hot 97 FM on Monday that Farrell, whom he described as having “succumbed to mental illness” had threatened Camillo and his family.

Yugge Farrell gestures as she leaves the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Friday, Jan. 5. (iWN photo)

The prime minister said Thursday that he has told Camillo that his (Camillo’s) principal concern “is the safety and security of your daughter and your wife…

“I don’t bother on foolishness. And at the appropriate time, I would talk about certain things.”

The prime minister reiterated that he has expressed his concern about Farrell said, “… clearly, the persons who have been wronged are Karen, her 7-year-old daughter and Camillo.

“And they didn’t do any wrong. They have been wronged.”

He said there are some “fellas on some talk shows” with a lot of hypocrisy and some of them “start to back-back like soldier crab, as we would say in Colonarie, when certain other things were revealed and then trying to change the story hither and thither.

“Now, as people get to know the information, as it is coming out, and a lot hasn’t come yet. Much has come but still a lot hasn’t come. And that is why the Human Rights Association’s statement, that they were advising people to be careful about what they say, what they transmit, because of possible violations of the criminal law and that’s wise advise.”

On Wednesday, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Human Rights Association issued a statement saying that the magistrate had acted in accordance with the law.

The rights group further urged against the sharing of defamatory material said to be connected with the scandal.

Also on Wednesday, Daniel Cummings, Member of Parliament for West Kingstown — where Farrell lives — expressed concern about the process through which Farrell was sent to the psychiatric hospital for two weeks’ evaluation.

Cummings, an opposition lawmaker, said that he was not trying to score political points as he knows Farrell’s family very well and they have told him repeatedly that they are staunch supporters of the ruling Unity Labour Party.

“I am saying this is a matter of human interest and no person’s daughter should be treated like that, regardless of political status,” Cummings said.

10 replies on “PM tells Camillo not to comment on scandal”

  1. Is this a case of one trying to protect his kit and kin? Boy Wonder has inherited much of his father traits. Rather thand being fair and a sense of natural justice. Wonder boy father did the darnest thing to protect Mr Wonderful. Is this the type of leadership we are longing for?

  2. yeah we know, don’t say nothing yet, because they don’t know what evidence she has on them. If he is so innocent, then declare it. Old dog and old dog Jr indeed. They are full of lies, deceit and lots of corruption and they want to censor ppl so they wouldn’t get exposed
    , but all their lies will soon blow up in their face. His damn face as guilty as can be. Prime example of Leadership without integrity or accountability…. The only victim here is Yugge Farrel.

    1. Vin you and we all know that he has never been to Canada since a Canadian lawyer had him charged in SVG for a sexual matter. Never stepped foot in Canada since. Obviously has a fear of open spaces, or is it a fear of enclosed spaces?

  3. This girl is sick.what is her problem they send her but she best go back and tell them that she didn’t meet Camillo.

    1. We see who the sick ones are here and it is not the girl. Obviously with all the spin-doctors employed by the present government, to direct this story to make them come out smelling like a rose, the objective, like in chess, is to protect the king (that is the reputation of the person they want to push on us as the next Prime Minister). it looks like the Boy Wonder is not so wonderful after all. On the one hand he has some human traits like the rest of us and on the other hand he has just as much disdain for the average person as his “let them eat cake” father.

      1. Lostpet do you remember when the boy got into a tangle with a New York Protection Squad Policeman outside a UN office block. Remember how undiplomatic he behaved then and how daddy came to his rescue.

  4. Old Bile’’ the great grandfather was a nasty dirty foul mouthed old man who specialised in fornicating with black women and girls. He had an outside child with a black lady called Mary, hence all the black relatives of the same name family.

    We more or less know that like Diarrhoea most traits run in your genes. So extra marital sex with black ladies and girls outside of the marriage may well be pre-programmed in the sire-lings.

    Directly from the dynasty gene bank:

    BIRDS OF A FEATHER
    CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH
    CUT FROM THE SAME PATTERN
    AS ALIKE AS PEAS IN A POD
    CHIPS OFF THE OLD BLOCK
    FROM THE SAME MOLD
    SAME DISPOSITION
    SAME ILK
    HAVE THE SAME HABITS
    HAVE THE SAME IDEAS
    HAVE THE SAME TRAITS
    HAVE THE SAME WAYS
    JUST LIKE EACH OTHER
    OF THE SAME STRIPE
    OUT OF THE SAME DIE
    TARRED WITH THE SAME STICK
    THEIR TASTES ARE ALIKE
    THERE’S NOT MUCH DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM
    THEY’S SO MUCH ALIKE

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