Eastenders actor’s libel trial begins

The Sun defends girlfriend abuse allegations

The trial of a claim brought by an actor who appeared in the soap opera Eastenders against The Sun began in the High Court today.

Mohammed George, a regular in the BBC programme for 5 years, sued the newspaper over allegations that he behaved like an ‘animal’ in a spar with his then girlfriend, which he claims damaged his career as an actor. The Sun is defending its reporting of the incident in a Camden Town street in 2006.

Mr George told Mrs Justice Sharp and a jury at the High Court that the reporting of the incident was false and distorted and that the argument had been about his then girlfriend (and mother of his daughter) taking drugs and was not someone who would hit a woman. The trial continues.

5RB‘s Alexandra Marzec is junior counsel for News Group Newspapers, instructed by Farrer & Co.