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Sarah Caden: No injunction can stop unmasking of unfaithful star caught in the act

The naming in the US media of an errant British actor shows we live in an age in which privacy is a quaint concept, says Sarah Caden

Sarah Caden

Published 08/05/2016 | 02:30

QUESTIONABLE CELEBRITY: Helen Wood, who has forged a reality TV career on the back of revelations about her past as
an escort, is at the centre of the current furore surrounding a married British ‘A-list actor’ she says paid her for sex
QUESTIONABLE CELEBRITY: Helen Wood, who has forged a reality TV career on the back of revelations about her past as an escort, is at the centre of the current furore surrounding a married British ‘A-list actor’ she says paid her for sex

Last Friday on ITV's This Morning show, former prostitute Helen Wood commented on the 'married actor injunction' storm by saying that the man "made a mistake" with her and "doesn't deserve" to have his identity revealed in the UK newspapers.

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This sounds quite decent of her, but it was only part of what Wood (previously best known as the escort who slept with Wayne Rooney) had to say. She also said that she couldn't understand why this actor took out the injunction. Fair enough given the fact that because the injunction doesn't hold in the US, most of the world already knows his identity, even if it can't be printed in newspapers on this side of the Atlantic. But that wasn't entirely Wood's point.

Her main point was that by taking out an injunction, the actor only drew attention to the situation and, therefore, on the double, made a mistake and got punished for it. The liaison was crime number one; the injunction was crime number two. And, boy, is this man being punished for both.

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