Morrissey libel claim 'not genuine'
Singer Morrissey’s libel case over an article about his attitude to immigration should be thrown out as it was "not a genuine bid for vindication", a judge heard today.
The former Smiths frontman is suing the NME and its former editor, Conor McNicholas, over a November 2007 interview and has claimed that they deliberately tried to characterise him as a racist.
Morrissey (52), was not at London’s High Court to hear the magazine’s counsel, Catrin Evans, ask for the action to be "struck out" as an abuse of process.
She told Mr Justice Tugendhat that Morrissey’s explanations for "doing nothing" to progress the claim were "wholly unconvincing".
She added: "The court can infer from this that there has been such a delay that is not a genuine bid for vindication."