US billionaire used Britain’s secret legal system to gag The Sun from identifying him after arrest for rape
A US billionaire used Britain’s secret legal system to prevent The Sun identifying him after his arrest for rape.
Major Uber investor Shervin Pishevar, 43, spent £100,000 to win a legal injunction blocking us on privacy grounds.
Shervin Pishevar spent £100,000 to win a legal injunction blocking us from naming him on privacy grounds
He went public about the case last week when his lawyer confirmed the arrest at a top London hotel to US magazine Forbes.
But The Sun could not report it, or even identify Mr Pishevar, until the weekend when we challenged the High Court order.
Top media lawyer Mark Stephens said last night it was stupid somebody arrested over an allegation of rape in the UK could be reported by the American media but not the British.
Mr Stephens, of London-based Howard Kennedy, warned such court orders were paving the way for secret arrests.
A woman alleged Mr Pishevar raped her at The Ned in the City hotel in May
He added: “It is potty that you try and hermetically seal jurisdiction in this country from the rest of the world.
“This is one of the most abusive injunctions that I have ever heard of a rich and powerful person taking out in recent times.”
A woman alleged Mr Pishevar raped her in the £3,500 a night penthouse suite at The Ned in the City in May.
Cops arrested the Iranian-American Silicon Valley venture capitalist and he was led out of the hotel in a private lift.
This allowed his lawyers to argue his arrest took place in private.
Mr Piveshar went public about the case after his lawyer confirmed the arrest
Forbes claimed to have a police report confirming details. But The Sun was told it was not genuine.
The police investigation was dropped in July, shortly after we published an article limited to revealing that a billionaire was arrested for rape.
The divorcee, estimated to be worth more than £2billion, has invested in more than 60 companies including Airbnb.
Mr Pishevar is also executive chairman of Hyperloop One, a futuristic high-speed train. He was Barack Obama’s top fundraiser on his two Presidential campaigns.
Mr Pishevar’s lawyer Mark Fabiani said: “In May, Mr Pishevar was detained briefly in London in connection with an alleged sexual assault, an allegation he categorically denied. In July he was informed that no further action would be taken against him.”
Source : The Sun
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Don't forget, only 20% of rapes and sexual assaults ever get reported (source, Met Police Clapham P.O.P. Report)