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Van Morrison in new legal bid over his privacy

Singer Van Morrison has launched a fresh legal bid to prevent newspaper publication of information allegedly linked to his private life.

The Belfast-born star is seeking to ban the disclosure of details contained in journals kept by American businesswoman Gigi Lee.

Lawyers representing Mr Morrison and the defendant, Associated Newspapers, told the High Court in Belfast yesterday they have agreed to an adjournment in the case.

A further hearing was fixed for next month.

Ms Lee reportedly died of cancer in a Belfast hospice last year at the age of 44.

She had previously joined Mr Morrison in seeking court protection from media intrusion into their lives. But in April last year an injunction against the now-defunct News of the World was lifted.

That ban was set aside on the condition that the paper did not breach any privacy laws, and gave an undertaking not to publish descriptions or photographs of others linked to the case.

In an affidavit at the time Mr Morrison set out how he regarded some parts of his life as areas to be kept away from scrutiny or comment.

He stated: “I have made considerable efforts to protect my private life and I have refused to be interviewed about it, to comment on it publicly or to authorise others to do so, save in very limited circumstances when a bare minimum of information is required to prevent or minimise harm from the repeated attempts of others to publish allegations about my private life.”

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