CHERYL Tweedy has made a bid to prevent newspapers reporting on a past criminal offence. Lawyers representing the former Girls Aloud star have reportedly sent a legal letter to a newspaper urging them not to report on an incident from 2003 when Cheryl was found guilty of assaulting a nightclub worker. Freedom of speech campaigners and media lawyers warned that this could set a precedent the rich and famous could use to airbrush their criminal past. The letter argues that any mention of the crime, trial, conviction or sentence is in breach of the Rehabilitation of Offenders (RO) Act, according to the Mail on Sunday. The law is meant to protect those who convicted of minor offences from being discriminated against in the future. Cheryl’s lawyers started the alleged dispute with the Guardian newspaper after they published an interview about her in which they mentioned the assault. The singer gave a curt answer when journalist Peter Robinson’s asked about her conviction for assaulting Sophie Amogbokpa at the Drink nightclub in Guildford, Surrey. She sentenced to 120 hours of community service and a fine after being found guilty of actual bodily harm (ABH). The attack and trial were widely reported at… Read full this story
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