Belfast Telegraph

Howard Donald injunction lifted

The Court of Appeal has lifted a super-injunction preventing the naming of Take That's Howard Donald who has won an order restraining publication of confidential information by a former girlfriend.

Mr Donald won the injunction in April after receiving a text message from musician Adakini Ntuli which said: "Why shud I continue 2 suffer financially 4 the sake of loyalty when selling my story will sort my life out?"

Before solicitors became involved, Ms Ntuli secured the services of publicist Max Clifford and entered into negotiations with the News of the World.

In the judgment, Lord Justice Maurice Kay said that during some of the time since 2000, he and Ms Ntuli had a relationship but did not live together. Howard was also in other relationships during the same period, said the judge, and by the end of 2009, the relationship between the pair seemed to have come to an end.

He added that the injunction obtained covered "any intimate, personal or sexually explicit details about the relationship... including any facts of a sexual nature".

Ms Ntuli's position was - and remained - that she did not intend to publish any descriptions of sexual activity with Howard, and that Mr Justice Eady was wrong to extend the order to cover "non-sexual information" such as conversations about the nature of their relationship.

A spokesman for the Take That star said: "Howard Donald successfully obtained an injunction earlier this year against a former girlfriend who threatened to sell a story about the intimate details of their relationship to the press.

"He did this to protect his children from this kind of story and because he believes that what took place in private should remain private and not be exploited for financial gain."

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