US tabloid editor who exposed 'Dublin session' actor vows to carry on naming rich and famous who win gagging orders
Published 06/05/2016 | 09:08
The editor of a US tabloid, who exposed a celebrity at the the centre of a Dublin affair with a well-known prostitute, has vowed to continue naming celebrities who attempt to gag the Press.
The American publication has already made international headlines by naming the entertainer ‘PJS’, who used the law to cover up an extra-marital threesome.
And earlier this week the magazine named a married actor accused of paying €245 to a high-profile escort, five years after he won a gagging order in London.
Helen Wood, who famously exposed Wayne Rooney for hiring her, has told the publication that the TV actor, who cannot be named in the British press, paid her €245 for “the session” in Dublin.
Even the name of the US tabloid, and the identity of its editor, cannot be published in England and Wales because to do so risks leading readers to the US coverage and breaching the injunctions obtained by the entertainer and the actor.
The editor said: “The [name of magazine] has never shied away from publishing or tackling very serious issues and we will continue to pursue stories in Britain.
“We believe our readers have the right to know about the professional and personal lives of these types of celebrities and we are not going to shy away from that.
“The notion that a celebrity can seek an injunction to prohibit material from being published in traditional material when it is available in new media is ridiculous.”
Asked if his tabloid was planning further stories exposing British figures who currently hold an injunction protecting their anonymity, the editor said: “Watch this space.”
Told that he or his publication could not be named in England and Wales, he said: “That highlights the absurdity of the situation.”
Mark Stephens, a media law expert from the law firm Howard Kennedy, said: “I think this US tabloid is going to continue to play an important role in injunction law.
“Any celebrity with an international profile who has obtained an injunction is going to be looking at this with some nervousness, because their own lawyers have effectively painted a target on their backs.”
It has emerged that more than 15 celebrities who have won gagging orders face having their secrets exposed, including a Premier League manager, several well-known actors and sportsmen.
The Supreme Court is due to decide this month whether PJS and his married partner YMA can be named after the Court of Appeal overturned the injunction because it had been rendered pointless by international publicity.
The names in the PJS case were widely repeated online after being published by the US tabloid.
A Sunday newspaper in Scotland, where the injunction did not apply, also disclosed the identities last month.
In the latest case, a well-known British actor asked former sex worker Helen Wood, 29, to use a sex toy on him, the US magazine reported, with Miss Wood adding that he was "disgusting" at kissing.