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Roselyn Alleyne, the mother of People s
National Movement leader Dr Keith Row-
ley s son, Garth, is claiming that an
unnamed operative, in cahoots with Min-
ister of the People Vernella Alleyne-Toppin,
attempted to get her to confess that she
was raped by Rowley 46 years ago.
In a seven-minute video recording released
yesterday, Roselyn Alleyne said family mem-
bers living in Tobago were offered $25,000
to get her to sign an affidavit to this effect.
The video, released during a press con-
ference hosted by the women's arm of the
PNM at Balisier House, Port-of-Spain, did
not show who was conducting the interview
and was edited to bleep out the name of
the person who was allegedly willing to
make the payments for the sworn affidavit.
"I am Garth's mother. All the allegations
that Vernella Alleyne-Toppin and (beep) are
making right now are false," Alleyne said in
the video, which was shot last year. She
said she would not be signing any affidavit
since she was never raped by Rowley.
"I would not be signing anything because
it's not true. I was never been raped (sic),
I was never been forced (sic) into anything,
so everything that they have said is false,"
While laughing at first at the thought she
could not recall her date of birth, Alleyne
said she was born in 1952 and said she was
"just shy" of 18 when she became pregnant
with Rowley's child. Garth was born in 1970,
The video was shown to PNM supporters
and the media during the conference and
the statement by the Alleynes. Their joint
defence of Rowley triggered a loud round
of applause and a call for an immediate
election and the resignation of Tobago MP
Vernella Alleyne-Toppin, who put the pos-
sibility that Garth's birth was due to rape
into the public domain during her contri-
bution to the motion of no confidence
against Rowley in Parliament on Wednes-
Senator Camille Robinson-Regis, who
hosted the media conference, confirmed
that she did not see the affidavit, but in the
recording Alleyne (Roselyn) said it just
required her to say yes' and confirm that
she was assaulted by Rowley decades ago.
"They are saying they have an affidavit
to sign, just to say yes so they can put him
in jail and they are offering money," she
She identified a "very close blood relative"
and Alleyne-Toppin as the persons repre-
senting another person (whose name was
edited out) who "had money" and was will-
ing to pay for the signed affidavit.
"So they could proceed to put Rowley in
jail and I would be a happy woman with
millions," she said.
Members of the PNM Women's League hold up a placard during yesterday's press
conference at Balisier House, Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
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'No truth to rape talk'
Robinson-Regis could not say whether
the party intended to seek criminal
prosecution of the people responsible for
attempting to bribe Alleyne, but said the
party would meet to discuss the next
Rowley's son, also shown on the video,
said people were trying to "corrupt" his
family to solicit untrue information and
accused Alleyne-Toppin of "stalking" his
The younger Alleyne said up to this
point both he and his mother had led
very quiet lives despite their connection
to Rowley. He described being now
thrust into the political fray as
"Anybody who takes this seriously...it
is completely laughable...it's a joke, it's
outrageous," he said of Alleyne-Toppin's
"I think it says something about the
character of the people. If they have to
stoop that low to try and sideline my
father then it says something about
them, it says something about what
they stand for, it says something about
their level of desperation," he said.
To PNM supporters at Balisier House
yesterday, this ends months of rumours
and speculation surrounding Rowley's
They said it also poked significant
holes in the government's attempt to
raise questions about their political
The loud group blew horns and
cheered for Rowley, even in his absence,
saying they were ready for the election
Chants of "call the election now" were
led by former PNM senator Fitzgerald
Hinds, who summarised the press
conference by saying, "the bouncing
"It start, call the election," he said.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar last
night added hers to the growing list of voices
condemning parts of the statement by Tobago
MP Vernella Alleyne-Toppin during the vote
of no confidence against Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley on Wednesday.
However, saying she had accepted Alleyne-
Toppin's apology on the matter, Persad-Bissessar
said no action would be taken against her, despite
the continuing calls for her removal.
Alleyne-Toppin incensed certain segments of
society when she announced during her con-
tribution that Rowley was a product of a rape
and that he too allegedly fathered a child by the
same means. Saying this was the reason for his
aggressive nature, she questioned whether he
was worthy of holding the office of prime min-
The statement brought condemnation from
several segments of society, including victims
of rape, and even prompted the start of an online
petition calling for her removal.
Those calls increased yesterday after Roselyn
Alleyne, the mother of Rowley's son, Garth,
denied the allegations and said she had been
offered $25,000 by a UNC supporter to claim
she was raped by Rowley when she was younger.
Speaking following an event honouring Hazel
Brown at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain, last
night, the PM agreed that certain parts of
Alleyne-Toppin's statement were indeed offen-
"I would like to add my voice to the voices
of concern and condemnation for parts of the
statement by the Hounourable Minister Vernella
Alleyne-Toppin. I have expressed this to her
directly, the minister has apologised and I have
accepted her apology," the PM said.
Asked if Alleyne-Toppin would face any sanc-
tion, given that Alleyne has denied the allegation,
the PM again said while she had an issue with
some of the statement, she had accepted Alleyne-
Asked if the motion against Rowley had back-
fired, she said, "No, it did not backfire because
we have the adjourned date to continue the
She added that when Alleyne-Toppin made
the statement she was not in the chamber.
Told about Alleyne's claim of being offered a
bribe by a UNC activist to sign an affidavit
claiming she had been raped by Rowley, the PM
said, "I don't know of which you speak."
She said while the issue may have been raised
on news casts last night, she was unable to see
it because she was intransit to the venue at the
but not going
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