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Richard Desmond loses 'Conrad biography' legal battle

24th July 2009

Journalist Tom Bower has won a court case dispute over claims made in his unauthorised biography of jailed newspaper tycoon Conrad Black.

He has been embroiled in a high court battle with Richard Desmond, the owner of the Express and Star newspapers and OK! magazine.

Mr Desmond now faces a legal bill that has been estimated at £1.25 million after the jury rejected his claims that he had been defamed in the book.

The newspaper owner had alleged Mr Bower made him look like a 'wimp' in his Conrad and Lady Black: Dancing on the Edge book, which in turn he claimed had damaged his reputation as a businessman.

Speaking outside the courtroom following the ruling, Mr Bower told journalists: 'You have been an absolutely marvellous jury. You have done a great service to British journalism.

'I think I was the victim of a very rich man trying to suppress the truth.'

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