Ashley Sues Sun Over £125K Bar Story – But Story Seems True


Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is suing the national gossip newspaper The Sun over claims his family’s safety was compromised last September.

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Mike Ashley suing The Sun – but story seems true

This story appeared in the local Newcastle Evening Chronicle yesterday and we are taking most of the information from the local paper.

Ashley is apparently suing The Sun over a story on the paper’s front page, which had the headline: “Toon chief’s £125k binge” which was published last September, and was widely circulated on many different sites.

It contained a photograph of the bar bill while he was on business in New York, and  as the Kevin Keegan affair was blowing up after September 1st. We commented on the story at the time but thought it was all made up.

Mike claims the article, photographs and a copy of his bar bill were published without his consent. But he is not arguing that they were factual, which is really disappointing because it means The Sun story was essentially accurate,  and the law suit is that it compromised Mike’s privacy. More accurately it was embarrassing to the Newcastle United owner, and there are lower level clubs in England that could buy a couple of decent players for £125K.

The report included details that he had flown to New York in a private jet, had hosted a party at the Pink Elephant nightclub.  It said why he had gone to the nightclub – which was to host a party for executives from the US entertainment industry, which he was interested in breaking into.

The story also included  what he did, how much he paid for drinks – and that included the bill showing a breakdown of drinks and their cost – and how much he had tipped the waiters.

It was said that Mike hosted the party because he was trying to break into the entertainment scene in the US, and we recall the party was on the Wednesday evening (September 3rd)  following the bust up between Kevin and the Board that had occurred on the previous Monday.

So in some ways Mike’s hands were tied to do much about that problem, and then on the following Friday (September 5th) Keegan finally resigned.

In a High Court writ, Ashley argues other facts which should have remained private included what he allegedly said about then manager Kevin Keegan, what time he left the night club and with whom, and where he stayed in New York. We remember that he was said to have left the club with girls on both his arms.

The writ also says the Sun story was a misuse of his private information and an intrusion into his private life, and an interference with his human rights – wow it sounds like an American law suit.

The billionaire is seeking aggravated damages, and he says The Sun did not warn him of the story, and so he did not have the chance to seek an injunction to prevent it from appearing.

We were hoping when we saw thi story, that Mike was suing the paper because the story was not true, but it seems it was – and that’s a pity – and it could make things even worse for him in the eyes of Newcastle United supporters.

He should have probably let this one lie.

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72 comments so far

  • DanToon

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Dick.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #2

    A billionaire throwing a party – so what?

    Probably a customer relations trip as well. Yeah its alot of money but the problems about Ashley with the toon fans goes alot further than throwing parties.

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #3

    SEEMS ASHLEY HATES THE TRUTH. MAYBE SOMEONE NEEDS TO TELL HIM THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WAY HE IS RUNNING NUFC.

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  • David Craig

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Do you realise that whatever he is awarded in damages either in court or out of court he is giving that money to the Newcastle United Foundation.

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  • workyticket

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed, The Max Mosely S&M case has set a legal precedent for invasion of privacy lawsuits in the UK, so there’ll be alot more cases like this over here.

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  • scottish mag

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #6

    na he has every rite to sue the bill cam to 12m lol

    think we should go after Savio Nsereko he is a 19 yr old playmaker think he plays for brescia

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle fans secretly wish they could leave with Shay Given.

    ow heartening to see Newcastle’s long-suffering goalkeeper given a standing ovation by the club’s even longer-suffering supporter after the game at Hull on Saturday.

    Even after yet another match saving performance from Shay Given, it would still have been easy for the Toon Army to go on the warpath in the wake of his admission that he’s had enough of the St James’ Park madhouse.

    Instead they did Newcastle –and football as a whole – proud by recognising over a decade of dedicated service.

    Although one can’t help but feel that the applause was tinged with a touch of jealousy.

    After all, Shay may soon get his wish to run off from the circus. Those poor sods in the stands, however, know that they’re stuck there for life…

    I hate national papers. So all toon fans want to run off to Man City. Its good to be told how to feel.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #8

    By the way all of that except the bottom two lines is from the mirror.

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  • M.Stockley

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #9

    can you sue someone for being a lying fat turd? if you can ashley better watch out.

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #10

    david craig

    he wont get enough of the sun to make a real difference

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  • Dan157

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Yeh didn’t it say he had bought everyone a bottle of £2.500 champagne. There were photographs of him though so it’s not like it was untrue just like the Max Mosley thing did actually happen as well, just as you would say ‘an invasion of privacy’

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #12

    beyethegreat

    Have you any good news on the toon mate sick of the ddom?

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Sick of the doom i mean BTG.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #14

    Looks like Chris Mort has another busy case on his hands. No chance of him returning any time soon.

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #15

    toon 1978

    unfortunately no

    though the ameobi story atleast makes me chuckle

    http://www.newcastleunited-mad.co.uk/news/loadnews.asp?cid=TMNW&id=425661
    also 1 of our greatest ever players is quitting european football

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  • Mista X

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #16

    im not a fan of mike but so what hes rich let him spend a few quid on a party – no big deal – its like us maybe spending £500 – good luck to him leaving with two tarts as well – at least his money will get him laid unlike his looks.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Does Anyone else think that Ashley drinks really crap lager. Every photo you see where he has a bottle or a pint in his hand it’s like that really p*ss weak stuff. If he ever dares come up here again someone should give him a proper northern real ale with a good head on it.

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  • Mike is such a great man to have at the Head of our club…makes me proud to be a geordie.

    Glad he is no longer welcome in the stands as he is just an embarrassment to the City,the Club and the fans.

    The only way he will break into the entertainment industry is as a body double for Shrek.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #19

    sirjasontoon™ – Let’s Riot

    He already is in the entertainment industry. Been on telly for years.

    http://www.herecomestheboss.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/ashley3.jpg

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  • HaHa : )

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  • That Craig David makes me laugh as well.

    Propaganda man.

    : )

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  • geordie jock

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Ashley wants the money for a major transfer swoop. It’s about the sum total he will be willing to spend.

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  • Ben_BKK

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #23

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/jan/05/manchester-city-mark-hughes-elano-benhaim-jo

    What would people think about us making some sort of move for any of those 3?

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  • Dan157

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #24

    Ben_BKK

    I was just about to post that link. The obvious one is Elano. It makes me laugh as well when it says he has identified Jo as one when it was Hugheswho signed him 6 months ago

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  • Craig David: Channel 55 and a box of tissues, that’s what I use for my sexual issues.

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  • Jimbo

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #26

    Criag David- Your fighting a losing battle I’m afraid. Even if what you say is true, why hasn’t Ashley made it common knowledge??

    His PR team should be shot.

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  • Worth a Punt Ben…only problem is we aint got any money to spend by the looks of things and according to JK nobody is selling.

    Yeah Right!

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  • Dan157

    Jan 6, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Ben_BKK

    Regarding Ben Haim i think he will go to Blackburn and be re-united with Fat Sam. Jo would probably still cost too much and his wages will be frightning, plus he is garbage. We should definitely make a move for Elano.

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 6, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #29

    jimbo

    ma has the worst pr team ever

    that is a fact

    him or michael jackson

    perhaps their the same pr team

    in which case

    expect mike ashley to get some dodgy plastic surgery

    and turn st james’ park in to a circus

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 6, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #30

    actually
    he has already achieved 1 of those

    ill leave you to gyuess which 1

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  • David Craig 7 Days-

    Monday Met Mike Ashley
    took him for a drink on Tuesday
    we were making love by Wednesday
    and on Thursday & Friday & Saturday we chilled on Sunday
    I Dennis Wise on Monday
    took him for a drink on Tuesday
    we were making love by Wednesday
    and on Thursday & Friday & Saturday we chilled on Sunday

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 6, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #32

    David Craig 7 Days-

    Monday Met Mike Ashley
    took him for a drink on Tuesday
    we were making love by Wednesday
    and on Thursday & Friday & Saturday we chilled on Sunday
    I Dennis Wise on Monday
    took him for a drink on Tuesday
    we were making love by Wednesday
    and on Thursday & Friday & Saturday we chilled on Sunday

    hahaha

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  • Dan157

    Jan 6, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #33

    Did you just use the words ‘making love’ and ‘Mike Ashley’ together. Where’s the tower, wheres the gun!!!!!! Jesus Man.

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  • toonfan1

    Jan 6, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #34

    Xisco won’t be sold this transfer window cuz he’s played for Deportivo this season in the intertoto cup and newcastle as well. You can’t play for 3 clubs in one season so FIFA won’t sanction the move if Xisco wants to leave. Also Geremi and Enrique are two possible players that will be sold if the price is right. From the Chronicle and the Shields Gazette

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  • Its a David Craig Remix of 7 days…lots of spin,
    the mix I chose is the propaganda Club Mix.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 6, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #36

    Toonfan1

    That’s a good point. I keep forgetting about that rule. I hope JK isn’t wasting his time trying to sell him then as we are led to believe as it cannot happen.

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  • Jimbo

    Jan 6, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #37

    Does anyone know anything about fan ownership of football clubs??

    I’ve read a bit about the Liverpool fans movement to buy out their club from Hicks and Gillett and apparently they couldn’t get enough money despite having a lot of support. I think they needed something like 100,000 shareholders.

    I’m not saying it would be easy for us to get that many especially seeing as they couldn’t, but I’ve heard that a lot of clubs in Europe (most famously barcelona) are owned by the fans. This to me seems like an ideal solution at a time when the majority of the fans confidence in our owner is fading fast!

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  • HAMMY14

    Jan 6, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #39

    Look at this way if he wins we may have some xfer fund lol :op but personally i think he is as guilty as michael jackson standing in mothercre with his knob is in hand

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  • Barca have a massive fanbase globally.

    I seen em play Osasunya at and they had 95,000 there and Ossa where bottom at the time.

    They are MASSIVE.

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