Premier League footballer was made the subject of a court gagging order, along with the Sun is seeking to overturn the injunction.Imogen Thomas, the former Big Brother contestant whose relationship with a married
Thomas said on Monday she was "stunned" after Mr Justice Eady reserved judgment in the high court on whether to lift the gagging order and published his reasons for granting the injunction in April....
What's more I can't even defend myself because I have been gagged. If this is the way privacy injunctions are supposed to work there is something seriously wrong with the law.
"I have read the judgment and I am stunned by how I am portrayed."
Thomas was speaking after Eady explained why he made an order banning journalists from reporting the identity of a footballer involved in a relationship with the reality television contestant.
He also issued a written account of his reasons for making the order after listening to arguments from lawyers representing the footballer, Thomas and the Sun newspaper at a private hearing.
Thomas had previously claimed that she had been "thrown to the lions" because, unlike the soccer star, she did not have the money to pay for her name to be kept private.
"Will the government hold a debate, or make a statement, on freedom of speech and whether there is one law for the rich, such as Fred Goodwin, and another for the poor?""In a secret hearing, Fred Goodwin has obtained a super injunction preventing him from being identified as a banker," he told his stunned colleagues.
His 77-word statement about Sir Fred, the former chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, set parliament on a collision course with the judiciary, pitching the 300-year-old right of parliamentary privilege against the super-injunction, a draconian gagging order which has only existed in Britain since 2002.
Yesterday parliament struck a significant victory for freedom of speech when Lord Stonehouse, the Liberal Democrat peer, revealed in parliament the fact the order related to an affair with a senior colleague.
Twitter and certain Twitter users have been sued in the High Court in London by an individual referred to only by the initials "CTB".
The initials are meant to maintain the anonymity of the individual, but the same initials were used in a previous suit brought by a professional footballer in the UK who has won a so-called "super injunction" that bars the media from publishing stories about an affair he allegedly had with a reality TV star, the Financial Times reports.
The suit was filed against Twitter on May 18, and it also names “persons unknown responsible for the publication of information on the Twitter accounts”. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.