‘Big Bro’ battle heads to court

Contestant contests deal made during taping

JOHANNESBURG — The first South African version of “Big Brother” was screened more than three years ago, but the public show is not over yet, as a long-running dispute between two former housemates heads for a showdown in court.

Brad Wood, known as “Bad Brad” during paybox M-Net’s 2001 edition of “Bro,” is suing winner Ferdinand Rabie for R100,000 ($15,000) of his $150,000 prize.

Wood alleges that he and Rabie cut a deal while in the “Big Brother” house “before six million witnesses” in which Rabie promised him 10% of the prize if he won.

Wood applied for a summary judgment against Rabie in the Johannesburg High Court last week, but Rabie notified the court of his intention to defend the claim, and the matter was postponed until next year.

In court papers, Rabie denied the debt, saying the agreement would only have applied if the two had ended up as the final contestants.

Wood is determined to prove his point in court. “The deal is on tape. The money isn’t his.” Wood says he will donate the cash to the South African Police Widows and Orphans Fund.

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