The Court of Appeal gave judgment today in a case which the Mirror is suing a young single mother called Stephanie Ward from which whom it stole a story which the paper then published as an "exclusive" on its front page. The judgment re-instated the Mirror's defence that a judge had struck out, and opens the way for a trial at which the MGN will seek an order that Stephanie Ward will pay the legal costs that it has incurred defending the claim, and any damages that it is ordered to pay.
Some suggest fame puts you above the law but in fact the reverse is increasingly true. On top of the ordeal of fighting a criminal charge, celebrities become involuntary participants in a very stressful reality show. At times it can look like the criminal justice system too is becoming a branch of showbiz.