Court Rules in Supermodel’s Favor
LONDON (AP) _ A woman fired for selling supermodel Naomi Campbell’s secrets will be barred from using some of the revelations to defend herself in a lawsuit.
The High Court ruled Thursday that Campbell’s former personal assistant Vanessa Frisbee had no right to reveal intimate information about the model to a tabloid newspaper.
It upheld the lower court’s summary judgment against Frisbee over her decision to sell details of Campbell’s alleged romance with actor Joseph Fiennes to The News of the World.
Campbell is seeking damages from Frisbee.
Frisbee appealed the lower court ruling, saying Campbell had wrongly terminated her employment contract, thereby freeing her from any obligation of confidentiality. She also argued that it was in the public interest to disclose the information to the media.
But Judge Gavin Lightman said Frisbee’s disclosure of personal information was a ``flagrant and deliberate″ breach of her duty of confidentiality, and that there was no public interest in publishing the information she had supplied to the newspaper.
The hearing of the model’s claim for damages against Frisbee will now be confined to Frisbee’s claim to The News of the World that Campbell had assaulted her.
It will also deal with other personal information Frisbee denies giving the newspaper.