Friday 30 September 2016

Melanie’s book on Gerry Ryan pulled off shelves in court row

Published 10/10/2012 | 11:00

The late Gerry Ryan with his partner and author of the memoir on their relationship 'When We Dance', Melanie Verwoerd
Melanie Verwoerd and the late Gerry Ryan
The plaque on the bench in Herbert Park dedicated to Gerry Ryan from Melanie Verwoerd.
Melanie Verwoerd and Gerry Ryan pictured at the Irish premiere screening of 'Invictus'.
The funeral of Gerry Ryan makes it's way through Clontarf in April 2010.
The family plot of Gerry Ryan, his mother Maureen and father Vincent at Dardistown Cemetery in north Dublin. Photo: COLLINS

THE publishers of a new book on the late broadcaster Gerry Ryan have agreed to delay its sale pending a High Court hearing.

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The book, “When We Dance”, by Mr Ryan’s partner Melanie Verwoerd, was due to go on sale today, but has to be taken off the shelves following an injunction application by one of the DJ’s friends, Dave Kavanagh.

Lawyers for Dave Kavanagh, a music promoter who was with Mr Ryan the night before he died, took the action under the defamation act to prevent publication after he objected to certain passages in the book.

Papers were received by the two defendants, the publisher Liberties Press, and Ms Verwoerd just last night, and a High Court hearing before Mr Justice Paul Gilligan was convened at 9am today.

Lawyers for Liberties Press agreed to delay the distribution and sale of the book be halted until a further court hearing on October 24.

An inquest into Mr Ryan’s death found that he died in 2010 from cardiac arrhythmia which was most likely caused by a comibination of cocaine and alcohol

After the brief hearing Ms Verwoerd said: “Obviously the case is coming back on the 24th and at that stage all our arguments will be put to the court.

“And really to comment before then is not appropriate.”

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