Lawyers for US golfer Tiger Woods have obtained a UK injunction preventing certain information purportedly about him being published, BBC News reports this evening.
The order was granted by a judge at the High Court in London, and concerns alleged information which cannot be disclosed for legal reasons.
Speculation about his private life has been intense since he was involved in a car crash outside his Florida home and his plea for privacy has been ignored by the media which has reported a string of alleged affairs involving the golfer.
The UK is seen as having stricter laws on privacy than the US. A footballer accused of having an affair with a married woman has won a privacy action in the UK courts which meant allegations by a husband could not be published.
Independent media commentator Stephen Glover suggested on Monday that if Tiger Woods was British he may have persuaded a judge to act to protect his privacy.
Glover wrote: "Would Carter-Ruck or Schillings have persuaded some understanding judge that some of it abused his right to privacy? There is a notorious case involving Mr Justice Eady. A prominent figure in the sports world who had had an affair with another man's wife was granted an order by the judge preventing the betrayed husband from naming him in the media. Might a British Mr Woods have been granted an order, for example on the basis that his wife's sanity or his children's well-being was being threatened?"
Woods says on his website: "What's most important now is that my family has the time, privacy, and safe haven we will need for personal healing. After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person."
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