London’s famous media haunt, the Groucho Club, is proceeding with a libel action to prevent publication of allegations in a proposed ‘exposé’ of the club, Index on Censorship and Journalism.co.uk can report.
Kapital Ventures and the Groucho Club London have filed a claim to restrain publication of a libel in a book on the club that Tyrone D Murphy, who describes himself as an independent filmmaker, has not yet completed.
The defendant Tyrone D Murphy, whose company Classic Media Entertainment is currently dormant, intends to represent himself. “If a writer or journalist wants to publish a story that is true he should not be restricted by the threat of costly litigation,” he said.
Murphy, a member of the National Union of Journalists, claims that the content of his forthcoming ‘exposé’ book regards the management of the club, not individual members. As yet, he said, the allegations have only been put to Groucho management in private correspondence.
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Update: See the comment from Freedom1 below, about whether it should have said “alleged libel” in paragraph 2 above. Not being a lawyer, I don’t know if the word “claim” before the use of the word “libel” is equivalent to “alleged,” but I do appreciate the concern for fairness and making it clear that this is just a claim and not proven. — Dissent