Imogen Thomas: I've been thrown to lions
Published 27/04/2011 | 15:52
Big Brother star Imogen Thomas has fought back tears while speaking about the super-injunction protecting the identity of a Premier League married footballer with whom she reportedly had an affair.
Thomas, 28, said she has been "thrown to the lions" because, unlike the soccer star, she did not have the money to pay for her name to be kept private.
She told ITV1 show This Morning that she had no intention of ever selling a story about the fling.
She said: "I didn't want my name to be out there in the public domain like this. I've been exploited and I just feel, just really angry.
"I'm taking responsibility for my actions, I know what I done was wrong. I suffered a lot and it's just been a really, really difficult time for me."
Fighting back tears, she said of her reaction when she heard about the injunction: "I had a phone call from the other party's lawyers and I was just totally baffled because there was no way on earth I wanted this to come out, ever. I honestly didn't understand anything about it. I got sent an email and I had to read it through."
The former Big Brother contestant said: "I just burst into tears because it all happened so quick. I was so shocked by what was happening really and I had to deal with it, and one thing it said was if I ever, ever spoke then I'd be sent to jail. ... I had no intention of speaking."
She said: "I just wish that my name was protected. I didn't have £50,000 to get an injunction. I've been thrown to the lions and (told to) 'deal with it'... I can't deal with it.
"I'm coping with a lot of stress and pressure on my head at the moment and this has just been such an awful experience for me.... Yes, I've done wrong, and I'm paying for it."
The footballer who reportedly had an affair with Thomas won the right to maintain his anonymity in a High Court hearing.
Asked whether she had planned to sell her story before she found out about the injunction, Thomas replied: "As foolish as this sounds, I honestly didn't think that this would get out into the public domain and I always said I had no intention of selling the story.
"If I was to do that it would have happened six months ago."