Ryan Giggs - Ryan Giggs Loses Imogen Thomas Case Against The Sun02 March 2012
Ryan Giggs Loses Imogen Thomas Case Against The Sun
Despite the order, Giggs was widely identified as the footballer on social networking sites, and in the House of Commons, though he has never publically commented on the story, reports Bbc News. The star's damages case against the Sun was described as "dead in the water" by the newspaper, and the claim was dismissed at the High Court today. During arguments at the early morning hearing, Giggs' lawyer Hugh Tomlinson QC had argued that the newspaper had "misused" private information in the article, despite the footballer not being identified. Mr Tomlinson furthermore stated that his client was pursuing damages for the subsequent re-publication of information in other newspapers and on the internet. He argued that the Sun's initial story had "generated a large media storm" and that damages were about "providing effective protection" for Giggs' right to privacy.Richard Spearman, QC for the Sun's publisher News Group Newspapers, said the article had reported Imogen Thomas was having an affair with "A Premier League player" and did not identify Giggs. In a written judgement, Mr Justice Tugendhat said he had decided to "refuse to grant relief" to the footballer.
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