Tuesday I reported that European Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie had been granted an injunction by London’s high court to gag U.K. media outlets from publishing embarrassing photos of him.
Wednesday I reported that Montgomerie’s former girlfriend, Paula Tagg, was thought to be the person behind the possible embarrassing material featuring Montgomerie.
Sports Illustrated’s Golf.com reported today that Montgomerie was indeed granted that injunction in London on July 8, with it applicable only to material in Tagg’s possession.
The gag order, reportedly granted by Mr. Justice Eady, legally bars Tagg from revealing, “the private details of a personal, intimate and sexual relationship … concerning acts of a sexual nature … any such information recorded in the form of a photograph or still image or moving images.” Read more…
Thanks to some online investigative work by Ryan Ballengee at WaggleRoom.com, we now have a U.K. main media outlet reporting that one of Colin Montgomerie’s ex-girlfriends may be behind the embarrassing photos that reportedly spurred Monty to allegedly obtain a superinjunction from London’s high court against U.K. tabloid NEWS OF THE WORLD.
Last month, Charles Sale of the LONDON DAILY MAIL wrote:
These distractions may have something to do with Monty’s former girlfriend, model Paula Tagg, having taken advice from PR and publicity ringmaster Max Clifford - with the concern being how any story about Monty will impact on his preparations for the match against the United States at Celtic Manor in October.
Clifford is a reknowned celebrity publicist in the U.K. who has plenty of experience in representing clients in various snits involving News of the World and other tabloids. Read more…
Earlier today I cited several transatlantic sources in reporting that European Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie has allegedly been granted an injunction by London’s high court to block embarrassing photos of him from being published by the British tabloid NEWS OF THE WORLD.
In addition to my report, CBS golf reporter David Feherty said today on the Dan Patrick Show that Montgomerie has indeed obtained, “an injunction filed to keep this story out of the newspapers.”
More Feherty on the injunction:
You can do it in the United Kingdom for a certain length of time but the chances of this remaining a secret until after the Ryder Cup I think are just zero. I’m not sure what’s going on, but it’s not very good.
The 2010 Ryder Cup is being held from Oct. 1-3 in the United Kingdom - at Celtic Manor Resort on the outskirts of Newport in South Wales.
The full transcription of the interview and audio of Patrick and Feherty on Montgomerie’s situation is below.
Dan Patrick: “I’m hearing there’s a story in the News of the World and it has to do with a prominent golfer. Have you heard anything about the player filing an injunction against the newspaper to keep the story out of the press?” Read more…
Over the past 48 hours I’ve been told by several reliable U.S. and U.K. golf media sources that Colin Montgomerie is allegedly in a legal battle with the British tabloid NEWS OF THE WORLD.
That court fight allegedly involves embarrassing photos of Montgomerie obtained by the U.K. tabloid. In order to block the supposed photos from being published by NOTW, Montgomerie has allegedly obtained an injunction from London’s high court.
Montgomerie’s situation is no secret in U.K. media circles, but reports have yet to surface across the pond. A U.K. media source told me today that a pre-emptive superinjunction – which prevents the existence of an injunction from being made public – may be the reason for the lack of reportage on the subject. (All of that legal manuevering though does not apply to non-U.K. media outlets.)
The alleged court order may explain why Montgomerie, who also publicly apologized back in June for an extramarital affair, is now suddenly being asked - again - if he planned to resign his post as European Ryder Cup team captain. Read more…