Melanie Verwoerd's autobiography in shops again as injunction withdrawn
A BOOK by the former partner of the late broadcaster Gerry Ryan will be on the shelves tomorrow after a High Court action temporarily preventing its distribution was settled.
'When We Dance', an autobiography by Melanie Verwoerd, was due to go on sale last week when music promoter David Kavanagh, a friend of Mr Ryan, obtained a temporary injunction preventing its sale claiming he had been defamed in the book.
Today, the court was due to hear an application to continue that injunction, pending full hearing of Mr Kavanagh's action.
Following talks today, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy was told the matter had been settled on the basis of a statement to be read out in court which, it was learned later, is being inserted into the books when they go on sale.
The statement, which was read out by Declan Doyle SC, for Ms Verwoerd, said she was happy to acknowledge Mr Kavanagh was and remained a good friend of Mr Ryan. It was to Mr Kavanagh that Gerry turned for help shortly before his untimely death, the statement read.
Mr Kavanagh "indicated he would help in whatever way he could to alleviate the financial pressure on Gerry", it said.
The statement added: "Melanie Verwoerd does not and never has suggested that Mr Kavanagh behaved in any way inappropriately on April 29, 2010."
Ms Justice Laffoy agreed to an application from Brian O'Moore SC, for Mr Kavanagh, for last week's temporary injunction be vacated and no further order be made.
Mr Kavanagh, of Hatch Street, Dublin obtained the temporary injunction, under Section 33 of the Defamation Act 2009, restraining the publishers, Liberties Media Ltd, trading as Liberties Press, from selling, publishing or distributing the book.
Ms Verwoerd, a former South African ambassador to Ireland, said afterwards she never had any problem about making the clarification that was made in court.
"I am just delighted that 'When We Dance' will be back on the shelves tomorrow, if not hopefully tonight," she said.
She hoped people would buy the book and form their own opinons based on the content of the book.
Sean O'Keeffe of Liberties Press, also said afterward the last few weeks had been very stressful. He wanted to thank a number of people, including his colleagues at Liberties Press "who acted with impeccable professionalism throughout."