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Sunday 20 April 2014

Thomas: My name is being trashed

Former Big Brother star Imogen Thomas

A Big Brother star said to have had an affair with a married footballer has complained that her reputation has been "trashed".

Imogen Thomas spoke out after High Court judge Mr Justice Eady gave his written reasons for making an order maintaining the soccer star's anonymity - which was being challenged in court by lawyers acting for The Sun newspaper.

And Imogen, 28, said she was "outraged" at being accused of trying to blackmail the footballer.

The judge said the footballer had started legal action to protect his privacy after a story - which did not name the player - appeared in The Sun.

He said lawyers sought to "restrain publication" after learning that Imogen had engaged the services of publicist Max Clifford.

The player made a statement saying he met Imogen in September 2010 and on two further occasions in November and December, Mr Justice Eady said. Imogen didn't make a statement but according to her "published account", the relationship continued for about six months and "would thus have involved far more frequent meetings," the judge added.

"The (footballer's) witness statement was to the effect that Ms Thomas had made contact with him by various text messages in March, which led him to conclude that she was at that stage thinking of selling her story, such as it was," said the judge.

He said the player claimed Imogen had requested thousands of pounds (which the footballer did not pay), a signed football shirt, and match tickets, and had arranged meetings at hotels.

But the judge said he couldn't come to any final conclusion about any suggestion of blackmail "at this stage".

After the hearing, Imogen said: "Yet again my name and my reputation are being trashed while the man I had an affair with is able to hide."

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