25 November 2010
Super-injunction involving Take That member Howard Donald lifted
A super-injunction which prevented the naming of Take That member Howard Donald has been lifted by the court of appeal.
Donald was originally awarded the injunction in April to prevent the distribution of material regarding a case involving his ex-girlfriend Adakini Ntuli, but this has now been removed by Mr Justice Kay, meaning that the pop star and his former partner can now be named.
This action was initially taken by Donald after he received a text message from Ms Ntuli reading: "Why shud I continue 2 suffer financially 4 the sake of loyalty when selling my story will sort my life out?"
The member of Take That - who recently announced details of a new tour including former band mate Robbie Williams - was concerned that Ms Ntuli would sell details of their private life to the media after she entered into negotiations with publicist Max Clifford.
However, this order has now been removed, meaning it can now be reported that he sought the injunction.
Jacqueline Young, media lawyer at Russell Jones & Walker, commented: "Mr Donald enjoyed a seven-month complete press ban, but when the 'super' aspects of the injunction fell away, the story was largely out there. Having sought a super-injunction, there would inevitably be heightened press interest, so I suppose the only consolation to Mr Donald was that the story broke on the same day as the Royal Wedding announcement."
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett