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Helen Wood Injunction Actor Named In US Magazine And On Twitter As Daily Mail Attacks Gagging Order

'The American media is making a mockery of our system of justice.'

05/05/2016 12:16 | Updated 31 October 2016

Pressure is mounting for celebrities protected by a series of high profile legal injunctions to be named, after a married actor who reportedly had sex with Helen Wood was named on Twitter and by the United States media.

It is alleged that the married actor paid for sex with Wood, 30, the former escort who once claimed she had an affair with England football captain Wayne Rooney, while his wife Coleen was pregnant with their first child.

Media in the UK are still gagged from revealing the A-lister’s identity, even though the ‘family man’ actor was named by US media on Thursday and on social media including Twitter and Facebook.

The law is so strict that the name of the US publication that has revealed the actor’s identity is not allowed to be named.

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The Daily Mail's double-page spread brands the law 'an ass' after British media were banned from naming the celebrity at the centre of another injunction

Courts continue to block the press from naming the 'celebrity threesome couple’ in a case involving stars known as PJS and YMA with Supreme Court judges are still considering whether to lift the injunction in that case.

On Thursday the Daily Mail ran an article titled 'The law really is an ass'.

In the piece, celebrity injunctions were slammed as being a "farce".

The Mail reports that the US publication's editor said it was the only one with "the guts to tell it like it really is", adding: "Prohibitive laws are denying readers and fans the right to know the unvarnished truth."

The gagging order was first put in place on 2011.

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‘Yankee Google Randy’: Wednesday’s front page of The Sun.

Bob Satchwell, of the Society of Editors, said: "The American media is making a mockery of our system of justice." He added that UK courts were "granting orders which they cannot enforce".

On Wednesday, The Sun said it wanted to “expose” the TV actor who is a “hypocritical star, whose reputation as a family man has boosted his career".

Britain's best-selling newspaper complained that it was “still gagged” from naming the A-list actor.

The Sun said the court injunction was obtained five years ago to prevent it revealing the actor's identity in the UK.

It comes after an American publication named another celebrity last month, who is alleged to have taken part in extra-marital activities despite the English media being banned from reporting his identity.

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British media are gagged from naming the A-list celebrity at the centre of another legal injunction.

Supreme Court judges are still considering whether to lift the injunction in that case, in which the famous man is referred to only as PJS.

Mark Stephens, media lawyer at legal firm Howard Kennedy, said he expected to see more foreign publications naming stars who were subject to privacy injunctions in Britain, the Press Association reports.

He said: "Global stars seem to have fallen for the soft sell of claimant lawyers promising the earth but delivering a target to the backs of celebrities.

"We can now expect to see a weekly stream of publications in foreign publications, each and every one breaching English privacy orders. "

Wood, who won Celebrity Big Brother in 2015, told the Sun that the actor paid £195 through an escort agency to have sex with her in March 2010.

Last month, the president of the Supreme Court said individuals could still challenge the "more intense" dissemination of information that is already in the public arena.

Lord Neuberger said: "The fact that information about an individual is in the public arena does not necessarily prevent that individual from challenging its dissemination more widely, more intensely or more permanently.

"And in the traditional world of hard copy, most information would be difficult to access a year later. Yesterday's newspaper would be today's fish and chip wrapping, and tomorrow's waste material.

"However, in the brave new world of webpages, yesterday's news will be accessible not merely next year but next century, and it is relatively easily findable through a search engine."

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