The dispute began when Sommer suggested Gabor - Miss Hungary 1936 - possessed a rump of such proportions that she has to be lifted on to a horse. According to Sommer's lawyer, the remark saw the start of a six-year grudge that came to a head when the couple sought revenge in the German press. Gabor (estimated age: 73) told a magazine that the fortunes of Sommer (estimated age: 52) had taken such a downturn that nowadays she hangs out in sleazy bars and supports herself by knitting sweaters.
The baron later said Sommer looked a century old and had lost most of her blonde hair. As Sommer has plenty of hair and a house with a pool and tennis court, the jury agreed she had suffered 'mortification and hurt feelings'.