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PLATELL’S PEOPLE: How did the CPS fall for such awful lies about my friend Lady Lavinia Nourse? 

Can you imagine anything more horrendous, humiliating — or heartbreaking.

You are a 77-year-old widow and suddenly being dragged through the courts, charged with 17 counts of historic sexual abuse against a boy under 12 in the 1980s.

This is what happened to Lady Nourse, who was married to one of the outstanding lawyers of his generation until his death in 2017.

On Thursday, after a two-week trial, she was cleared on all counts after suffering this unimaginable ordeal.

Her accuser cannot be identified. 

Can you imagine anything more horrendous, humiliating — or heartbreaking. You are a 77-year-old widow and suddenly being dragged through the courts, charged with 17 counts of historic sexual abuse against a boy under 12 in the 1980s

I was overjoyed by the verdict, but I¿m left with a searing sense of outrage. Because Lady Nourse (pictured) is someone I count as a friend

I was overjoyed by the verdict, but I’m left with a searing sense of outrage. Because Lady Nourse (pictured) is someone I count as a friend

But the jury knew who he is, and they believed Lady Nourse’s lawyer who said this man had made ‘a determined and co-ordinated attempt to gain money from her’ — and, when she refused his demands, he went to the police in the hope he could ‘sue her as a convicted paedophile’.

I was overjoyed by the verdict, but I’m left with a searing sense of outrage. Because Lady Nourse is someone I count as a friend.

I first met her 15 years ago with her husband, the late Court of Appeal judge, Sir Martin Nourse, who was also condemned in the ‘victim’s’ evidence as having turned a blind eye to her alleged years of abuse.

Lavinia is the one who consoled me when a long relationship ended in heartbreak, and when my parents died. 

Each year we’d meet at a friend’s home for his birthday lunch in the garden, me contriving to sit next to her as she always seemed wise and kind. We talked about men, love but mostly jewellery!

I first met her 15 years ago with her husband, the late Court of Appeal judge, Sir Martin Nourse, (above) who was also condemned in the ¿victim¿s¿ evidence as having turned a blind eye to her alleged years of abuse

I first met her 15 years ago with her husband, the late Court of Appeal judge, Sir Martin Nourse, (above) who was also condemned in the ‘victim’s’ evidence as having turned a blind eye to her alleged years of abuse

I prayed for her every night during the trial. 

I felt there were echoes of Operation Midland, in which the Met gave credence to fantasist Carl Beech’s sex-abuse allegations against the great and the good.

What was the justice system doing prosecuting, following what a blind man could see were false allegations driven by greed? Why is her accuser afforded anonymity, while Lavinia has been to hell and back? Her life has been wrecked and laden with the debts she ran up fighting for her own and Martin’s honour.

I hope the CPS are pleased with themselves after their case collapsed before a jury in three hours. Still, I’m so proud of her for not crumbling under her tormentor’s blackmail bid.

As for him, I hope he rots in hell.

Better to keep mum, Naomi

Just one thought on the utterly heartwarming picture of Naomi Campbell cradling her newborn daughter’s feet in her hands.

Since the exquisitely private supermodel has declined to reveal her child¿s name, the date of her birth, or her millionaire partner who will co-parent the child, or how at 50 she came to be a mother ¿ why didn¿t she just keep mum about it all?

Since the exquisitely private supermodel has declined to reveal her child’s name, the date of her birth, or her millionaire partner who will co-parent the child, or how at 50 she came to be a mother — why didn’t she just keep mum about it all?

Since the exquisitely private supermodel has declined to reveal her child’s name, the date of her birth, or her millionaire partner who will co-parent the child, or how at 50 she came to be a mother — why didn’t she just keep mum about it all?

Some sound sense from super Sophie 

While revealing she had ‘mind-blanking’ moments during menopause, the Countess of Wessex urges women not to see it as ‘something incredibly negative’ but to embrace this life-changing moment.

‘It feels like a shackle but really, we should be celebrating that we don’t have periods any more, it should be a liberation.’

What a breath of fresh air our down-to-earth Sophie is — no wonder the Queen adores her.

 OH NO! Downton Abbey’s ice queen Elizabeth McGovern, the stick-thin Countess of Grantham, is to play voluptuous and sexually voracious movie star Ava Gardner.

Described by MGM as ‘the world’s most beautiful animal’, Ava had more appeal in her little toenail than McGovern ever mustered in her risibly wooden Downton sex scenes.

Hilarious that after Boris and fiancée Carrie spent tens of thousands of pounds having their No 11 flat redecorated by the interior designer du jour, Lulu Lytle, her £840-a-roll wallpaper fell off the walls. 

It’s not Lulu’s fault; the walls of Downing Street are to blame and the Johnsons have to foot the bill. 

Although I bet Lulu is rueing the day she took the job, as her reputation is as frazzled as her multi-coloured Soane Britain Damascus Stripe sofa. 

At least it will disguise Boris’s legendary red wine spills. 

While writing this, I had a call from HMRC informing me that I was guilty of tax fraud and that unless I divulged my National Insurance number and bank details, a warrant would be issued and I would be arrested — immediately! 

Clearly a scam and I hung up, but how bewildering it would have been if I’d been a vulnerable older person.

Why can’t the scum behind these calls be arrested — immediately!

 Who needs Friends like joyless Jen?

As Friends re-unite, Jennifer Aniston, now 52, insists her eternally youthful looks are not down to any surgery, Botox or fillers, but going to bed early for a long night’s sleep, drinking plenty of water, little or no alcohol, breakfasts of avocado and egg whites, the occasional sprinkle of a few drops of coconut oil in her smoothies, a single cheese stick for lunch — oh, and constant exercise.

No wonder our Jen is still single.

As Friends re-unite, Jennifer Aniston, now 52, insists her eternally youthful looks are not down to any surgery, Botox or fillers

As Friends re-unite, Jennifer Aniston, now 52, insists her eternally youthful looks are not down to any surgery, Botox or fillers

 The Depp of despair

In his unending, unedifying quest to prove his brief ex-wife Amber Heard is a gold-digger, Johnny Depp is back in court claiming she did not donate her £5 million divorce settlement to charity. 

Oh do give it a rest, Johnny.

Just accept that after being branded a wife-beater, your career is as sunk as a treasure chest in the Caribbean — you married in haste and will repent at your financially depleted leisure.

In his unending, unedifying quest to prove his brief ex-wife Amber Heard is a gold-digger, Johnny Depp is back in court claiming she did not donate her £5 million divorce settlement to charity

In his unending, unedifying quest to prove his brief ex-wife Amber Heard is a gold-digger, Johnny Depp is back in court claiming she did not donate her £5 million divorce settlement to charity

 Royal Watch

The contrast was profound. A painfully stoic Prince William in London declared the BBC’s lies over the Panorama interview with ‘my’ mother had cruelly played on her vulnerability and ruined her life.

While in Los Angeles, Prince Harry released a statement about ‘our mother’, including something about ‘the ripple of cultural exploitation’. And then on TV, in the first of his Oprah Winfrey interviews, The Me You Can’t See, he trashed the Royal Family — again.

I think we can all see Harry is a petulant and self-pitying man who’s only too happy to blame others — while never seeing a fault in himself.

What a terrible coincidence that his series When Harry Met Doolally — sorry Oprah — clashed with the latest revelations about Diana’s Panorama interview 25 years ago. 

I fear that in years to come Harry will rue the day he poured out his vengeful heart to this psychobabble celebrity — just as Diana did.

As Diana’s dear friend Rosa Monckton said: ‘She regretted what she’d done. The sad thing is that it was her only television interview and it was Diana at her worst.’

History will judge Martin Bashir, the man she came to call The Poison Dwarf. William warned her he was ‘a sly creep’, while Diana’s brother Charles Spencer said Bashir’s lies are linked to her death. 

I was taken by a cartoon I saw yesterday, depicting his duplicitous thoughts: ‘There are three of us in this interview… Diana, me and a load of forgeries.’

Bill Gates in dire need of a re-boot

Is Bill Gates having his #MeToo moment as he and his wife of 27 years Melinda divorce? 

With claims from female staff that he propositioned them, and his admission of a long affair with a colleague, his reputation is flying out the Windows.

Most damaging is that he visited the convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein at his New York home numerous times, telling workmates he found his lifestyle ‘kind of intriguing’.

Gates’s spokesman clarified the ‘intriguing’ remark saying it referred to his appreciation of the unusual ‘décor’ in Epstein’s mansion.

Let’s hope that didn’t include Epstein’s usual taste in décor — semi-naked girls draped across sofas ready to give guests intimate massages.

 

 

 


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