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Celebrity Threesome Couple, PJS And YMA, Named By UK Political Blogger Who Is Threatened With Jail

The blog claimed it was outside the jurisdiction of the injunction.

12/04/2016 19:00 | Updated 19 May 2016

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The editor of a political blog has been threatened with jail after revealing the identities of the mystery celebrity threesome couple.

The couple are behind an injunction that forbids reporting that one of them had extramarital sex.

The world-famous pair are only allowed to be identified in the English and Welsh press as PJS and YMA. PJS allegedly had a threesome with another couple.

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The UK political blog has been threatened with legal action after revealing the identities of PJS and YMA.

Yet a British political blog named the married pair on Monday as pressure mounts for them to ditch their anonymity.

On Tuesday, the publication said that it had been contacted by the celebrity's lawyers, Carter Ruck, threatening to jail the editor for Contempt of Court.

The blog claimed it was outside the jurisdiction of the injunction as their servers are based in the US and the article was written in the Republic of Ireland.

"There are no physical assets in the UK, there is no digital equivalent of a printing press, no device that can be seized or smashed," the blogger wrote.

"Web users point their browsers at a server in the US and fetch the data back, we do not store published content in the UK."

The blog mocked the law by printing a photo of the couple with black slits over their eyes, despite the fact their identities were obvious from the picture.

The terms of the injunction are so strict the blog cannot be named, nor can the Scottish paper or US magazine that have also named them.

The political blogger said that proceedings have been threatened in Ireland, which they would be prepared to fight. 

Media lawyer Mark Stephens told The Independent that, although the article was written and published outside the UK, the blog editor may still be subject to the order as a British resident.

“This appears to be a very deliberate and flagrant attempt to violate the order because he knew about the injunction,” he said.

“While in Ireland I suspect he won’t have anything done to him, the moment he sets foot in the UK he can be arrested and charged with contempt.”

On Tuesday it was confirmed that a newspaper had launched a challenge to the injunction.

The Court of Appeal in London received an application to discharge the order from The Sun On Sunday, whose original story was prevented by the injunction.

The application is currently being processed by the court and no date has yet been set for a hearing.

The Sun on Sunday had wanted to publish an account of PJS’s “sexual exploits” with others - but two senior judges sided with the celebrity.

In the court’s ruling, made on January 22, Lord Justice Jackson said both the man and his spouse disputed that “publication of the story would serve any public interest”.

The injunction’s existence remained largely unknown for weeks until a US magazine printed the story last week, triggering a flurry of headlines here decrying the legal situation.

The judge said publishing the story would be “devastating” for the man and would “generate a media storm” - saying the couple’s children would become the subject of increased press attention.

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