Jemima Goldsmith and Russell Brand win case against masseuse

Comedian Russell Brand and former partner Jemima Goldsmith have won their High Court harassment case against a masseuse who alleged they treated her ”like a prostitute”.

They were first granted a restraining injunction against Hungarian-born Szilvia Berki last year. That order was made final by Mr Justice Jay yesterday.

Sitting in London, he said Berki had made a “series of scarcely veiled threats, some of which I have to say are extremely unsavoury”.

Ruling that her defence, ahead of a trial due to start at the end of next month, had no real prospect of success, he said: “This is a clear case of harassment.

“The defendant would be highly unlikely to persuade any court that she had reasonable grounds for embarking upon the admitted course of conduct.

"It follows that I accede to this application for summary judgment and the claimants are entitled to a final injunction.”

Berki, aged 32, was ordered to pay £50,000 (€70,000) on account towards the costs of Brand and Goldsmith, which their lawyers described in court as “horrendous”.

The judge, who refused Berki permission to appeal, said if she did not pay that sum within 14 days, bankruptcy proceedings could be started.

Berki, who represented herself and can renew her application to challenge the ruling directly to the Court of Appeal, said: “Obviously I will not pay. I have no money so it’s a joke.”

At a hearing in September last year, counsel Aidan Eardley told Mrs Justice Carr that the case stemmed from a birthday present massage arranged by Goldsmith for Brand in June 2014, which was not in the end taken up.

Berki’s claim that she was assaulted by Brand, which was denied, had been investigated by the police who concluded that there was no case to answer.


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