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Saturday 20 September 2014

Dana faces civil action as 
brother cleared of sexual abuse

Published 26/07/2014 | 06:38

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Eurovision Song Contest winner and former Irish presidential candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon outside Harrow Crown Court  where her brother John Brown was found not guilty of five counts of historic sex abuse
Eurovision Song Contest winner and former Irish presidential candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon outside Harrow Crown Court where her brother John Brown was found not guilty of five counts of historic sex abuse
John Brown (right) with his sister, Eurovision Song Contest winner and former Irish presidential candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon, and her husband Damien Scallon, as he leaves Harrow Crown Court after he was found not guilty of five counts of historic sex abuse
John Brown (right) with his sister, Eurovision Song Contest winner and former Irish presidential candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon, and her husband Damien Scallon, as he leaves Harrow Crown Court after he was found not guilty of five counts of historic sex abuse
(left to right) Damien Scallon, Dana Rosemary Scallon, lawyer Martyn Bowyer, John Brown, Patricia Brown and family friend Helen outside Harrow Crown  Court after Brown,  brother of Eurovision Song Contest winner and former Irish presidential candidate, was found not guilty of five counts of historic sex abuse
(left to right) Damien Scallon, Dana Rosemary Scallon, lawyer Martyn Bowyer, John Brown, Patricia Brown and family friend Helen outside Harrow Crown Court after Brown, brother of Eurovision Song Contest winner and former Irish presidential candidate, was found not guilty of five counts of historic sex abuse

Dana Rosemary Scallon's niece and sister are to continue their civil legal action against her in the High Court in Dublin after a pay-out by TV3, it has emerged.

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John Brown, Dana's brother, was yesterday cleared by a jury in England on five allegations of child sexual abuse.

He was cleared of indecent assault against two girls, aged 13 and 16, which was alleged to have occurred at several locations in Northern Ireland and England during the 1970s

Mr Brown welcomed the jury's verdict and said he now wished to move on with his life. His wife Patricia, along with Dana's husband Damien, and other family members all attended court to hear the verdicts.

Former MEP Dana appeared as a witness in the trial earlier this week when she dismissed the allegations as "lies".

However, his sister, former Presidential candidate Mrs Scallon, is being pursued in a defamation case being taken by her niece Susan Gorrell and her sister Susan Stein.

Last night their lawyer Paul Tweed confirmed that Mrs Stein and her daughter Mrs Gorrell received a "substantial" payment from TV3 on June 30.

Proceedings had been issued against TV3 and Dana after an interview the former Eurovision singer gave to the station in the wake of claims made in a civil case in Iowa in 2008 in which Mrs Gorrell claimed she had been abused by Mr Brown.

The October 2011 interview was broadcast at the height of the Presidential campaign.

When TV3 settled the case four weeks ago, the following statement was read out in the High Court: "On October 14, 2011 TV3 published an interview that suggested Susan Stein and Susan Gorrell had made unfounded allegations about a member of their family. TV3 apologises to Susan Stein and Susan Gorrell for any offence and distress caused by this interview."

Mr Tweed said the defamation action against Dana "will continue".

The criminal trial at Harrow Crown Court was not told that TV3 had apologised to Ms Stein and Ms Gorell.

The defence had argued that the criminal allegations made to the Metropolitan Police were filed to back up the libel action.

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