Gavin Prins’ tell-all book on ex-Springbok rugby player Joost van der Westhuizen’s relationship with his estranged wife Amor Vittone will soon hit the shelves after the Pretoria High Court dismissed Van der Westhuizen’s urgent application for an final interdict.
Ten thousand copies of Joost en Amor: Agter die skerms had already been printed by Zebra Press, an imprint of Random House Struik, when Van der Westhuizen sought legal action. The book deals with the sex tape scandal that led to Van der Westhuizen and Vittone’s breakup in 2009.
Judge Eberhard Bertelsmann ruled that Van der Westhuizen had not adequately proven that book would infringe on his rights to privacy, dignity, or life. Van der Westhuizen’s lawyer had earlier argued that his client’s health would be adversely affected by the stress that the controversial book could cause. Van der Westhuizen had been diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2011 and is now confined to a wheelchair.
Prins’ defense had argued that, as celebrities, Van der Westhuizen and Vittone’s private lives have always been aired in public and that, as such, it could be the subject of a book.
Not only has the court decided that the publication and distribution of Joost en Amor: Agter die skerms will go ahead, but it has also ordered Van der Westhuizen to pay Prins’ legal costs.
Karen Maughan of eNCA broke the news on Twitter:
— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) October 4, 2013
She also reported live from outside the courtroom following the ruling. Watch the video:
More reports on the conclusion of the case:
Former rugby star Joost van der Westhuizen’s bid to stop the publication of a book about his marriage to Amor Vittone has been dismissed by the Pretoria High Court, reports said.
According to EWN, the court dismissed Van der Westhuizen’s urgent application to ban the tell-all book written by former celebrity reporter Gavin Prins.
Former Bok captain Joost van der Westhuizen has lost his court bid to prevent the publication of Gavin Prins’ book about Van der Westhuizen and his estranged wife, Amor Vittone.
Judge Eberhard Bertelsmann said in his judgment this morning Van der Westhuizen had failed to prove that the publication of the book was unlawful.
- Joost en Amor: Agter die skerms by Gavin Prins
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