An Eastern District councillor has launched a damages suit against the owners of his apartment building and an employee for libel. In a High Court writ filed yesterday, Chan Bing-woon, claims a series of letters posted by the incorporated owners of Braemar Hill Mansions and employee Dominique Mok Sau-ngan had caused him considerable distress and embarrassment. He is claiming an undisclosed amount of damages. The writ claimed that on March 22, Ms Mok asked her solicitors to write a letter containing details about an argument between the two over the building's car parking facilities. The letter was sent to Mr Chan as well as Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Ho Chi-ping, the chairman of the Eastern District Board and the Eastern District Office. According to the writ, the contents of the letter alleged Mr Chan 'harassed, humiliated, irritated and annoyed' Ms Mok and caused her to suffer depression and palpitations. 'It is averred that the publication of the words complained of ... was calculated to disparage the plaintiff in his position of a public office holder,' the writ said. 'By reason of the publication ... the plaintiff has been gravely damaged in his character and reputation and has suffered from considerable distress and embarrassment.' The writ also said that on March 31, the incorporated owners of Braemar Hill Mansions published the minutes of a meeting held the previous day. The meeting discussed the interaction between Mr Chan and Ms Mok, the administrative secretary of the office of incorporated owners. It ended with the owners agreeing to complain to Dr Ho about Mr Chan's supposed behaviour. 'The minutes had been distributed to each and every residential unit of the building by insertion into the letter boxes of the building,' the writ said.