Now press can say: 'Van IS the man'

The media were finally able to name rock star Van Morrison this week after he settled a sex discrimination claim by singer-songwriter Linda Gail Lewis.

Lewis dropped claims in which she accused Morrison of trying to ruin her life by asking her for sex and telling her to divorce her husband. He accepted a full apology and comprehensive retraction “which represents a complete vindication of his stance”, said his solicitor Paul Tweed.

The tribunal claim started two years ago in Wales and this year the press were banned from naming him because he threatened not to give evidence if he was identified.

Four media organisations, the South Wales Echo, Associated Newspapers, MGN in Northern Ireland and Ulster Television, lost their argument to name him after the tribunal panel decided it would interfere with the administration of justice if he was not heard.

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