Sunday 25 February 2018

Giggs gives up anonymity over his alleged affair

Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs

Dean Gray

Manchester United star Ryan Giggs finally gave up all rights to anonymity in Britain's High Court yesterday over his alleged affair with glamour model Imogen Thomas.

Last December he settled his action Against the 28-year-old 'Big Brother' star when he admitted she had not tried to blackmail him.

In court Mr Giggs has always been identified only by the initials CTB but was outed in parliament and on Twitter. But yesterday his counsel told Mr Justice Tugendhat: "He has consented to the removal of the anonymity."

He now must wait to find out if he can pursue his case against News Group Newspapers (NGN) for damages for the "distress" caused when they first published details of his alleged affair in April last year.

He also wants a permanent injunction preventing them using any more private information about him.

It was back in April last year that Mr Giggs first won a gagging order against Ms Thomas and the newspaper.

Richard Spearman, for NGN, said an order lifting anonymity was made on February 1 but that Mr Giggs had continued to insist on not being named.

However, last May Mr Giggs was named in the House of Commons by MP John Hemming which had the effect of allowing the footballer to be identified as statements made in parliament have privilege.

Mr Hemming decided to name Mr Giggs after he was outed on Twitter.

"With about 75,000 people having named Ryan Giggs on Twitter it's obviously impractical to imprison them all," said Mr Hemming at the time.

Mr Giggs initially won the injunction because he said that Ms Thomas had attempted to blackmail him over the affair. But he accepted in December that wasn't the case.

Afterwards, Ms Thomas said in a statement: "To suddenly have to defend my character because of this legal process has been extremely upsetting and stressful.

"I'm just relieved that the parties and the court now accept that I'm no blackmailer. I have been vindicated and that's all I wanted."

Ms Thomas has undertaken not to reveal any more details. Mr Giggs could still be forced to pick up costs worth more than £500,000 (€596,000).

Irish Independent

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