Price must pay over privacy action

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Published: Tuesday 21st April 2015 by The News Editor

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Katie Price must pay £200,000 into court to continue her privacy claim for misuse of confidential information against ex-husband Peter Andre and former manager Claire Powell.

A senior official at London’s High Court said that would be an appropriate amount to give the model and businesswoman a “substantial interest” in complying with court orders in the case in the future.

Price, who was not at today’s hearing, was also ordered by Master McCloud to pay £85,000 towards costs that have already been incurred in the long-running litigation.

She is seeking damages and an injunction from Andre and Ms Powell and her company Can Associates Ltd, alleging that details about her private life were leaked to the press.

A similar action against her old friend and confidante, Jamelah Asmar, has been settled on confidential terms.

Andre and Powell deny the claim and say Price has no reasonable expectation of privacy because she herself has published so much material about her private life.

And, even if her claim is successful, they say it is worth only a minimal amount.

In 2012, lawyers for Asmar asked a judge to strike out the case, but Mr Justice Tugendhat refused – although he described the proceedings as a ”lamentable renewal” of the civil litigation between Price and Andre and a feature of their relationship since their May 2009 divorce.

In January last year, Master McCloud stayed Price’s claim because of non-compliance with a court order to exchange witness statements and ordered it to be struck out if she did not apply for relief from sanctions.

She then allowed it to proceed, on condition that Price paid a sum into court as security for costs.

The trial of the action, which is likely to last at least 10 days, is not expected to take place before the end of the year.

Published: Tuesday 21st April 2015 by The News Editor

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