Statement From Former Boxer Chris Eubank, Over Phone Hacking Case
In 2013, former World Champion boxer Chris Eubank entered into a battle with News International after refusing to settle a phone hacking case. While the case outcome isn’t documented publicly, a press statement detailed the case and much more, it was first posted on NewsNow.co.uk and is an interesting article if you missed it.
Eubank rejected News International’s offer of £21,000 and said the newspaper group, which owned the News of the World, had made a “mockery of the justice system”.
The retired boxer appeared in court and told the judge he was confident that evidence relating to his case would get in the public domain and he looked forward to the “gargantuan battle” ahead of him.
Scott Shephard and Robert Daley, both representatives for Chris Eubank, released this official statement from the Boxing legend:
CHRIS EUBANK’S PRESS STATEMENT
I attended the London High Court on the 18th March 2013 as a Litigant in Person (LiP) to explain to Lord Justice Vos my particular view on News International and the wholly inadequate way in which the court has decided to award damages as regards claims against Rupert Murdoch and News International.
The tariffs set by the courts is not sufficient in relation to fiscal punishment to act as a deterrent against the predatory nature of a company the size and magnitude of News International. This is a company that has shown a flagrant disregard for the rule of law and order. A company that has deliberately sought to delete evidence of wrongdoing and in so doing seek to be rewarded by the courts for that behavior in terms of pitifully low damages awarded against them for perverting the course of justice.
I now know as a matter of undisputed fact that I was targeted by News International because of my colorful stance against the wars in both Iraq & Afghanistan. My truck was used as a ‘campaign board’ of sorts with a series of anti war slogans primarily in and around Downing Street seeking to embarrass then Prime Minister Anthony Blair into halting these unnecessary wars. This is, in my opinion, the essence of democracy. News International was beating the drums of war at that time and was, and still are, pro war.
My stance led to me being targeted with vile, salacious and vindictive slurs that caused unimaginable consequences for my then-wife and children. My wife and I divorced because of the pressures of lies and misinformation propagated by employees of NewsInternational. News International undermined the trust essential to a successful marriage with lies deceit & hypocrisy conjuring up stories that were false, defamatory, and libelous. They broke my family unit by injecting doubt that mistrust causing my wife and me to cast suspicious glances at each other. News International broke my family unit and in doing so took everything away from me that meant anything. This is the reason why I am fighting and why I am making a comeback to take on what will probably be my toughest opponent in Rupert Murdoch & News International.
I have a moral base and my actions as an adult have always been underpinned by morality, decency, and respect for others. NewsInternational did not have the right to lie, invent untruths, invade privacy and all whilst hiding beneath the veneer of corporate respectability.
The courts, the criminal, and the political process have a once in a generation opportunity of holding News International to a standard-mandated by parliament with the enforcement of laws that are effective and the punishments for transgressions harsh. A fully-functioning democracy demands nothing less.
The ‘values’ of News International are clear. Lies, deceit, mockery, bullying, invasion of privacy and self-righteous hypocrisy.My opinion of the press regulation furor is simple……….Politicians through fear have made a Faustian pact with the devil that is news
International. That fear has crippled otherwise brilliant people. That fear has to be defeated and News International has to be stood up to.
All inquiries please to:
Twitter: @eubankwarrior and @ChrisEubank
Press Contact: Scott Shephard email@example.com
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