Imogen Thomas: 'Ryan Giggs affair aftermath was absolute nightmare'

Published Dec 16 2011, 09:27 GMT  |  By

Imogen Thomas has described the fallout of her affair with Ryan Giggs as an "absolute nightmare".

Imogen Thomas at the Royal Courts of Justice

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Ryan Giggs - The Manchester United footballer, who hit the headlines earlier this year, is 38 on Tuesday.

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The former Big Brother contestant was yesterday cleared of allegations that she blackmailed Giggs prior to MP John Hemming's breaking of the super-injunction protecting the footballer's identity.

Speaking after her victory, Thomas declared that she was "relieved" the truth about their tryst had finally emerged.

"It has been an absolute nightmare for me and my family," the model told The Sun. "I am so relieved the truth has come out."

Imogen Thomas at the Royal Courts of Justice

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A "court statement" posted by Thomas on her Twitter yesterday ruled that there was "no basis" to accuse her of blackmail and acknowledged that she had been "motivated by a desire to avoid the publication of private information".

"To suddenly have to defend my character because of this legal process has been extremely upsetting and stressful," she said. "I'm just relieved that the parties and the court now accept that I'm no blackmailer. I have been vindicated and that's all I wanted."

Imogen Thomas Twitter court document

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Lib Dem politician Hemming has since called for a constitutional review on controls on court secrecy, as he believes Thomas's case has shown that "secret justice leads to miscarriages of justice".