Celebrity magazine Hello has today sought a court injunction to prevent its rival OK! publishing photos of this week’s Leveson enquiry.
‘We’ve paid millions for exclusive rights’ explained Hello’s editor. ‘It is after all the celebrity event of the year: Hugh Grant, Sienna Miller, Steve Coogan, Elle MacPherson’s publicist – it’s better attended than The Brits.’
As well as creating a clamour for exclusive photos the event has spawned a flood of updated autobiographies by celebrities keen to tell the public just how badly their privacy was invaded. Many of them are expected to be serialised in the tabloid press over the coming weeks.
‘I’ve been advising all of my clients to report the possibility that they might have been hacked to the police’ PR guru Max Clifford told reporters from the red carpet outside the hearing. ‘It could be the golden ticket to kickstart a flagging career. Charlotte Church apparently turned down by I’m a Celebrity… to take part next week’ he added. ‘And watch out for Anne Diamond giving evidence wearing a skimpy bikini and with a kangaroo’s testicle in her mouth.’