The trial against director and author Dustin Lance Black (49), who won an Oscar for his script for the LGBT drama “Milk” in 2009, has taken a surprising turn.
The magistrates court in the London borough of Westminster has dropped the personal injury lawsuit after the plaintiff, lesbian party organizer and BBC presenter Teddy Edwardes (33), made contradictory statements.
She accused the US screenwriter of twisting her wrist and spilling her drink during an argument in the queer bar “Freedom” on August 18, 2022.
The entertainer, known as the presenter of the queer reality show “The Big Proud Party Agency” on a small BBC special interest channel, responded to the alleged attack by hitting the American in the head and had already received a warning from the police.
Images from the surveillance cameras are not clear
Judge Louisa Ciecor said on Wednesday that there were “inconsistencies” in the plaintiff’s statements. The judge pointed out the contradiction in the statements of the entertainer, who at one point could not remember something and later claimed to be sure that it had happened.
Ciecor said: “She stated in her statement that she could not remember whether he grabbed her wrist. I found it strange because she had claimed on social media and to the police that this was what happened.”
Security camera footage from the club was inconclusive due to the angle, leading the judge to dismiss the case.
After the court decision, Black, who has been married to British high diving Olympic champion Tom Daley (29) since 2017, spoke of a “moment of liberation”.
Black thanked the judge and emphasized in a press statement: “I am completely innocent. In reality, I was the victim of serious physical assault myself.” The celebrity couple has two children: Robbie Ray Black-Daley (5) and her, who was born in March 2019 second son Phoenix Rose.
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