Ballerina gets injunction against former partner

Well-known Irish ballet dancer Monica Loughman has secured a temporary High Court injunction aimed at preventing her former partner from terminating her employment or winding up a ballet company in her name.

Ballerina gets injunction against former partner

Ms Loughman brought proceedings against her fellow shareholder and former partner Mr Fraser Brown in respect of the Monica Loughman Ballet Company Ltd which was set up four years ago.

The company operates a school and carries out a wide range of activities in relation to ballet. It had been the largest ballet company in Ireland. It has a roster of more than 50 dancers.

Ms Loughman, represented by Benedict Ó Floinn, claims, that following the end of their personal relationship, there was an agreement that Mr Brown would no longer be part of the business.

It is claimed Mr Brown, who acted as the company’s business/finance manager, has refused to disengage from the company or from her life generally.

The court heard that arising out of Mr Brown’s actions she fears that her reputation both in Ireland and internationally will be damaged.

Last week, she secured temporary High Court injunctions preventing Mr Brown interfering with Ms Loughman’s work as a ballet teacher or the property and equipment necessary to carry out the work were secured.

Mr Brown was also restrained from taking any steps from winding up the company.

The case returned before Mr Justice Paul Gilligan yesterday. Mr Brown of Willow Park Ave, Glasnevin, Dublin 11, who was representing himself,said he was opposed to the injunctions.

However following talks between Mr Ó Floinn and Mr Brown the matter was adjourned with the temporary injunctions to remain in place.

The matter will come back before the court next month.In a sworn statement Ms Loughman, The Courtyard, Castleside Drive, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 said she left Ireland to join the Perm State Ballet in Russia aged 14, is well known for her work promoting ballet as a writer and on television. She set up a national ballet company on her return to Ireland.She also appeared in an Irish TV series called ‘Ballet Chancers’ which introduced six people who had no previous engagement with ballet to the popular for of dance.Ms Loughman said she met Mr Brown, a diamond dealer in 2010. They had lived together until unhappy differences arose last year. He had assisted her with administrative and financial matters connected with the company.After their relationship ended she said that he agreed to be no longer part of the business. However she says he continues to control the company and passes off his actions as those of hers. She says his actions have made it impossible to maintain and recruit customers and deal with creditors.Following correspondence between the parties she said she received letters from him which alegedly purport to terminate her employment with the company and allegedly take other steps which would cause terrible damage to her in the public eye.

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