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Brand and Khan win court challenge

Comedian Russell Brand and girlfriend Jemima Khan have won a High Court injunction to stop a masseuse “harassing” them.

They launched urgent legal action against Hungarian-born Szilvia Berki, and an order was granted to the couple today by Mr Justice Lewis following a hearing in London.

The judge said the application was for an interim injunction “to restrain the defendant, Miss Berki, from harassing the claimants”.

During proceedings he explained that the application was being made on an “urgent basis”, and if granted there would be another hearing in two or three weeks time.

The judge said her “overall conduct” was alleged to be in breach of the Protection from Harassment Act.

Their barrister Aidan Eardley told the judge that the claim was “for harassment”, stemming from a “private event” in early June – no further details of that were aired in court.

There had already “been some publicity about that”, he said, but added that “there are a number of allegations she is seeking to publish”.

Mr Eardley said the allegations had already been published to a “very limited degree”, including on Twitter, but they had not yet made it to the UK’s mainstream media.

The lawyer told the judge: “We seek to restrain publication of these allegations in this application.”

Miss Berki was present in court for the proceedings and represented herself.

Most of the hearing was held in private following an application by Mr Eardley.

The couple’s solicitor confirmed afterwards that the judge had granted an injunction.

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