Footballer blackmail legal advice
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What to do if you are a famous footballer and are being blackmailed
England footballers are susceptible to blackmail when they have an extra marital affair or after having sex with transexual or gay escort.
Despite what people might think, many successful English footballers live under tremendous pressure. Often, they have found fame and lucrative contracts at a young age which is an overwhelming experience which most people are not yet ready for. From a relatively young age they live under the spotlight with an army of press which is interested in nearly every aspect of their lives. Many Premier League footballers have few true friends and fewer trusted advisors they can rely on.
They are often told that family life would provide them with the personal support and the stability they need to continue and succeed with their football career, which means, many get married fairly at a relatively early age. Family and relationship pressures in a Premier League footballer’s home are the same as in anybody else’s but because of the various unusual demands that footballers who play at this level are facing, difficulties and challenges in their lives are often more difficult to resolve and overcome.
We have not seen research that shows that Premier League footballers have more extra marital affairs than other men. However, conversations that we have had with our clients, suggest that for some footballers, an extra marital affairs or a meeting with an escorts, often has got very little to do with sex and more to do with the need to escape from some of life’s demands.
The work environment of a Professional footballer, often involves constant mental demands and ongoing competitions, for a personal place in the squad and for the team’s success. If matters at home aren’t great, they often have nowhere else to go to, to let off steam. An occasional meeting with an escort, not necessarily for sex but for a conversation or for a sense of warmth, is sometimes seen as the only available solution.
If you know a Premier League footballer who is being blackmailed, you will also know that the experience they are going through is pretty sickening. Everything is at stake. The family, the children, the personal reputation, the reputation of the club, the footballer’s future earnings, the sponsors and the list go on.
Often the sickening is actual and real. Being blackmailed affects your health and your entire well-being. It is a terrible experience that comes with real physical symptoms. The biggest fear for a Premier League footballer who is being blackmailed is that people will find out about their meeting with an escort of their extra marital affair. This often makes it more difficult for them to ask around for help. But help is available. The footballer just needs to find it.
If what the footballer wants is to keep the affair a secret, by going to the police for help, they will have their story shared by dozens of people, who work for the police. The risk of a leakage is therefore high. The police will also be likely to ask to check the footballer’s mobile phone records, their social media accounts and instant messages. In fact, the police, in most cases, will make a copy of the footballer’s mobile phone so that it could be examined forensically. Few people would feel comfortable with this level of intrusion.
Considering the fact that the purpose of going to the police is to prevent intrusion into the footballer’s life, leaving your entire mobile phone records at the hands of strangers is likely to be a put off for most famous people.
Yes. It is possible to end a blackmail campaign without publicity. We do this regularly for our clients. The process is fairly simple although it involves some complexities from a legal point of view, which the footballer should not worry about.
- First, we operate a tight ship. Our law firm is relatively small so only a handful of people will get involves with the case, or know the facts of it in most cases, up to four.
- Second, we use encryption with all our communications with our clients and their agents.
- The information that comes through to us is kept tightly secured.
- Third, we take steps to anonymise our client so that only the judge knows the real person of our client. All the court documents will show a different name altogether.
- Fourth, we work fast. We can obtain a gagging injunction against the blackmailer within 24 hours and serve it on her in person.
- Fifths, we only ask to see relevant information. We have no interest is accessing irrelevant phone records and are happy to rely on the evidence that our client gives us.
Blackmail is a form of harassment and it often also involves a threat to misuse the victim’s private information. The cost of a blackmail injunction would depend on the amount of work that we need to carry out go the it through and the level of expertise that is required.
We will provide you with a cost estimate before we begin the work. Rest assured, however, that our charges are often less than a third of what some of the larger firm would charge you. This, again, is due to the speed by which we work and being a small, niche practice.
No one need to find out who you are or other details of the case. There will be an injunction preventing publication of your name. The press is unlikely to know who you are, if you come to us early and we are able to anonymise you on court papers from the outset.
There will be a judgement published, setting out the fact that an injunction had been granted but the information available will be dry and limited as all the papers in the case will be kept secured in the court’s file and there will be no access to the court’s papers to anyone.