Pandora: Rushdie's former guard is being forced to apologise

Curious news from the Strand. We hear that Salman Rushdie and his former wife Elizabeth West are to be reunited at the High Court today. The pair will receive an official apology from a former bodyguard over allegations he made regarding their marriage.

The move follows an emergency hearing in which Rushdie demanded that the first run of Ron Evans's book be pulped and the offending claims withdrawn.

Evans, a former police officer, worked as a driver and bodyguard for the couple after Iranian religious leaders declared a fatwa in response to Rushdie's book The Satanic Verses.

Relations turned sour when Evans's memoirs, including several scathing attacks on the Booker Prize-winner, appeared in a national newspaper.

Included were false claims that West only married Rushdie for his money and that he was nicknamed "scruffy" by his bodyguards.

No doubt eyebrows will be raised at the prospect of Rushdie and his third wife being reunited – he left her abruptly after falling for the dancing charms of model Padma Lakshmi – though the couple have stayed in contact for the sake of their son.

"He wants her to be there," insists a member of Rushdie's legal team. "The allegations concerned her too, so it's appropriate, and she has always been very supportive."

Smile like you mean it

Disappointment at the Reading Festival this weekend, with headline act The Killers stubbornly refusing to pose for photographers, even imposing a ban on all on-stage shots.

"It's ridiculous," complained one disgruntled snapper. "Even Leonard Cohen lets us take a couple, and if there is anyone in the world who doesn't need the publicity it's got to be him. They are being divas ."

It isn't the first time that Brandon Flowers, left, and his Nevada rockers have attracted the wrath of photographers; last year they requested that similar restrictions be imposed at Chelmsford's V Festival, as well as at Ledbury's Big Chill.

Press day for Kelly

Meanwhile Kelly Osborne tried to boost her media credentials, attempting to use the Festival's press entrance rather than joining the mile-long VIP queue.

Looking particularly striking in black skinny jeans and a vintage blouse, the petite scenester cited her presenting gig on Radio 1 as proof-of-hack-status.

Sadly for Kelly, the bouncers couldn't be convinced and she was swiftly dispatched to the back of the queue.

Are you 'avin' a laugh?

Ricky Gervais appears to have forgotten his table manners. As Pandora noted last week, the comic was spotted dining out at The Ivy ordering only salad and making eyes at others' decadent choices. Was he on a diet, we wondered? Alas, Gervais has taken offence: "What sort of sad idiot watches someone eat then phones a newspaper?" he rages on his blog.

Of course, no one means to be seen at The Ivy.

Happy returns for Fry

Pandora was pleased to note birthday boy Stephen Fry's fruitful Facebook haul over the weekend.

The self-confessed technophile and all round dork not only received several dozen well-wishing "wall posts" from his 400-odd "friends", but also a range of virtual presents. Some of the highlights: some jelly babies, a cocktail, and a gold medallion.

Well-suited: Agyness and Albert

The supermodel Agyness Deyn seems to be influencing her boyfriend's personal style.

Never a fashion zero, Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr admits to taking a particular interest of late, sounding off on the quality of men's suits sold on the high street.

"People hate wearing them because they fit terribly and feel strange," he complains. "You end up looking like an out-of-date parent."

Hammond, whose trademark skinny jeans and Converse trainers have won a devoted following among indie-kids, recently made his own sartorial debut, collaborating on a line with Ilaria Urbinati.

And from the sound of things, there will be plenty more to follow. "I want to make more that I'd wear myself," he says.

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Compensation and Benefits Manager - Brentwood - Circa £60,000

£60000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Compensation and Benefits Manager - Compensat...

Finance Manager - Recruitment Business (Media & Entertainment)

£28000 - £35000 per annum + negotiable: Sauce Recruitment: We have an exciting...

HR Advisor - North London / North West London

£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Advisor - North London...

Finance Manager - Recruitment Business (Media & Entertainment)

£28000 - £32000 per annum + negotiable: Sauce Recruitment: We have an exciting...

Day In a Page

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker