Fast rising actress, Christabel Goddy, may be new in the industry but she already knows how it feels to be in the middle of a controversy. The young lady is the actress that allegedly bit off the skin of her colleague, Princess Chineke, during a fight some months ago. Ever since then, she has been dubbed the ‘cannibal actress,’ a name she told Saturday Beats she detests.
And since she claimed the then Actors Guild of Nigeria president, Ibinabo Fiberesima, banned her from AGN and supported Chineke, Goddy said Ibinabo got what she deserved in her latest crisis. While Chineke has told the world her side of the story concerning her fight with Chineke, Goddy had kept mum until now.
Saying her side of the story, the up and coming actress said trouble started when the duo were paired together to share a room during a movie production. She said Chineke had repeatedly complained about her (Goddy) frequent midnight calls and one night, it led to a bitter fight leaving both parties injured. After they were separated, Goody claimed Chineke went into the bathroom only to come out claiming that Goody grabbed her thigh with her teeth and bit off a chunk of her (Chineke’s) flesh.
Even though the ban has been lifted by the current president of the association, Emeka Ike, Goddy said it was quite “irresponsible” of Ibinabo to ban her in the first place without hearing from both parties.
She said, “My only regret is that I indulged her and I am not proud of it. But then with my age and the little number of years I have spent in the industry, I should be excused. Politicians fight every day, so I don’t see why I should be buried. I did not kill anybody. Ibinabo was accused of killing somebody and she was walking on the street, bragging before the law caught up with her. I believe that it is because she passed a wrong judgement against me that God is punishing her. Her ban against me was flimsy and uncalled for even though it has been lifted by Emeka Ike.
“I was in her office and she told me that I was a very decent young lady from the way we were chatting, my lawyer was there and I am quoting her verbatim. She told me not to worry that the matter was just a fight between two people. She advised that I work on my temperament. She said that she would settle the matter and reverse the ban. She even went as far as taking me to the stadium where they had their veteran football competition and introduced me to the chairman, board of trustees and some directors. As she was introducing me, some of the men told me that I didn’t look the part of a fighter and that I should be more careful next time and avoid people who would trigger my anger. She promised the man that she would take control of the situation.
“She asked me to come to her office the next day and I was there with my lawyer, we waited for seven hours but Ibinabo refused to see me. She gave a flimsy excuse that the other actress was not available because she went to treat her wound. My lawyer was of the opinion that the other girl did not have to be there, that all Ibinabo should have done was to reconcile us and reverse the ban she placed on me. She is certainly paying for the wickedness she meted out on me because God does not joke with me. I don’t go about looking for trouble; I live a very private life. I am not a saint but I try my best to help people.”