But Kalimullah Hassan, Syed Faisal Albar, Hishamuddin Aun and Brendan Pereira chose to be in the limelight by suing Rocky for 'defamation and malicious falsehood'.
Had a simple apology was all needed, Rocky could have offered it over a cup of coffee or a bottle of wine five years ago.
His apology was read out today in chambers at the KL High Court today in front of Datuk Asmabi Mohamad.
“The Defendant recognises, acknowledges and empathises with the considerable distress, embarrassment, and inconvenience caused to the Plaintiffs resulting from the publications of the statements as pleaded in the statement of claim and he is present in Court today to express his sincere and utmost regret... to withdraw all allegations and imputations which are complained of in the statement of claim and to apologise for the same,” read Rocky’s statement of apology.
He also agreed not to publish any similar allegations concerning the plaintiffs on his blog or any other website online in the future.
Under the terms of agreement, he will also publish a statement of apology on his weblog.
There was no order as to costs and damages.
My verdict: Rocky-4, NSTP4-0.