Woods wins UK court ban against nude, sex photos

Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:33pm EST
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By Pascal Fletcher

MIAMI (Reuters) - Golfer Tiger Woods, fighting to fend off intense media scrutiny over allegations he cheated on his wife, has won a British court order banning publication in Britain of any photos or video showing him nude or having sex.

British law firm Schillings, which specializes in protecting the reputations of celebrities, obtained the injunction on Woods' behalf on Thursday at the High Court in London, partner Simon Smith told Reuters by phone on Friday.

A letter from the lawyers accompanying the injunction contains a statement that "this Order is not to be taken as an admission that any such photographs exist."

Woods, 33, the world's No. 1 golfer, has been engulfed by a storm of media attention since being involved in a minor car accident outside his Florida home before dawn on November 27 in which he suffered facial cuts and bruises.

The celebrity sportsman, who has a Swedish wife and is the father of two young children, later admitted "transgressions" in a statement that apparently addressed allegations he had multiple extra-marital affairs with a range of mistresses.

The court order, a copy of which was published by the U.S. celebrity gossip website TMZ.com, prohibits the publication in the United Kingdom of "Any photographs, footage or images taken or obtained of the Claimant naked or any naked parts of the Claimant's body or of him involved in any sexual activity."

U.S. and British tabloid newspapers and media websites have published comments from and photos of a parade of women, including cocktail waitresses and porn stars, who have claimed relationships with Woods.

Without specifically admitting any of the alleged affairs, Woods has asked that his private life be respected.   Continued...