Beckhams courtroom battle over nanny's claims

29th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 April 2005, LONDON — David and Victoria Beckham's former nanny is willing to offer interim undertakings over the couple's legal bid to prevent her making further allegations about their marriage.

29 April 2005

LONDON — David and Victoria Beckham's former nanny is willing to offer interim undertakings over the couple's legal bid to prevent her making further allegations about their marriage.

Mr Justice Eady, sitting in the High Court in London, was told that Abbie Gibson was also prepared to "hold" the GBP 125,000 she received for a story that appeared in the UK tabloid the News of the World, last weekend, the Press Association news agency reported.

Mark Warby QC, for 27-year-old Gibson who is on holiday in Spain, emphasised that any undertakings were an arrangement "to hold the ring" pending a possible further application by her to be relieved of the "prohibitions which are being sought".

Hugh Tomlinson QC, for the Beckhams, who were not at the London hearing, said that undertakings made in an open letter received "more or less" covered the confidentiality aspects of the injunctions sought.

Tomlinson said the couple were seeking to restrain disclosure of confidential information and to freeze the sums obtained from the newspaper.

"The position is that we accept that the substance of the injunctions that we seek will be covered by way of undertakings from the defendant but there are one or two points we are still debating."

Warby said that one question in dispute was whether it was legitimate for the Beckhams to seek "to shut the stable door after the horse had bolted".

He added that the injunctions sought included a prohibition by which the couple sought to "bring down the shutters" on any statement of any kind by Gibson which related to them.

It covered taking or providing any photographs or film footage, providing any information, making any comment for the purposes of publication, giving any interview, writing any article or book, appearing in any TV programme or film concerning the couple or any person, firm or company associated with them.

Last weekend's News of the World story came after the Beckhams' lawyers failed to secure a last-minute injunction on the basis that Miss Gibson was in breach of a confidentiality contract.

They argued that her contract included an obligation not to speak about the Beckhams' private lives.

But Mr Justice Langley ruled that the newspaper could publish.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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