Video: Jemima's nightmare over Clarkson links rumour
Published 10/05/2011 | 05:00
Jemima Khan has become the latest celebrity caught up in the super-injunction controversy in Britain.
A growing furore has developed over a series of legal injunctions supposedly taken out by sports stars and celebrities to stop details of their personal lives being published.
Yesterday Ms Khan tweeted a denial that she had taken out a super-injunction to suppress pictures of herself with Jeremy Clarkson.
But her denial has merely served to fan the flames of the growing row over how Twitter is being used to get round gagging orders being taken out by the rich and famous.
Last night Jeremy Clarkson laughed off the existence of a super-injunction covering up a relationship between him and Jemima Khan, the socialite said yesterday.
She said the 'Top Gear' presenter and his wife had sent her messages of support over allegations on Twitter that he had gone to court to prevent the publication of "intimate" photographs of the two of them together.
Ms Khan said she feared her children would be bullied at school over the claims. The 37 year old used the micro-blogging website to disclose that she had received some "vile hate tweets" after the untrue claims.
The socialite and free-speech campaigner strongly denied the existence of any photographs or subsequent court orders, and said she had woken up to the "nightmare" of finding her name being widely circulated in the ongoing debate over super-injunctions.
At 8am she wrote on Twitter: "I've woken up trapped in a bloody nightmare."
She added an hour later that she had received supportive texts from both Clarkson and his second wife Francie.
Ms Khan said Clarkson had joked: "It's odd. I'm sure I'd remember if any photos of us existed."
The mother of two said her sons from her marriage to the former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan would be affected by her name being connected to such a rumour.
One supporter suggested that Clarkson should turn up at the boys' school and sign autographs to impress the other pupils. Referring to her eldest son Sulaiman, Ms Khan replied: "My 14 year old would never speak to me again. He's painfully shy and hates any fuss."
She also made the point that the reason her name had been widely published was because newspapers could refer to her without fear of legal action. "The proof that I haven't got a super-injunction is that the papers have printed my name (and no one else's -- for fear of being sued)."
Ms Khan is a regular on Twitter, with 55,000 followers last week.
After the allegations relating to super-injunctions, that figure had increased to nearly 60,000 by last night.
She was not available at her office in south-west London yesterday, nor at the family home in nearby Richmond.
Among those to offer support on the social networking site were Kirstie Allsopp, the television presenter, who listed some of Ms Khan's former relationships. "Luke, Imran, Hugh, Ben, Jeremy -- Spot the odd one out? No one in their right mind would have believed it."
Last week the BBC sport presenter Gabby Logan was forced to deny false rumours circulating on the internet that she had obtained a privacy injunction to cover up an alleged affair with Alan Shearer, the former England football captain.
Mrs Logan, who is married to Kenny Logan, said it was "devastating and hurtful" that she had been smeared by lies. (© Daily Telegraph, London)