Thursday 5 May 2016

Niece and sister to continue with defamation case

Published 26/07/2014 | 02:30

A NIECE and a sister of Dana Rosemary Scallon are to continue their civil legal action against her in the High Court in Dublin after a payout by TV3, it has emerged.

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

Mr Brown welcomed the jury's verdict and said he now wished to move on with his life.

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 to the Irish Independent that Mrs Stein and Mrs Gorrell received 'substantial' damages from TV3.

Proceedings had been issued against TV3 and Dana after a 2011 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.

When TV3 settled the case four weeks ago, the following statement was read out in the High Court: "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."

Irish Independent

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