Pianist James Rhodes who had previously been barred from publishing his memoirs, has won a court battle that will now see an injunction lifted, allowing him to publish the book in which he tells of being sexually abused as a child.
The publishers of the book, who had previously been kept anonymous along with Mr Rhodes have been revealed as Canongate.
A ban was placed upon publication of the book after lawyers representing Mr Rhode's ex-wife obtained a temporary injunction stopping it's release.
It had been argued that the book which details the serious sexual abuse that he was subjected to as a young child, would have caused Mr Rhode's son 'catastrophic psychological distress' if he were to ever read it.
Following the high court rejecting his ex-wife's request to have large parts of the book banned, a temporary injunction was imposed by the court of appeal and it was ordered that a trial should take place in which it would have to be decided whose rights took priority, the boy's or his father's.
However, a supreme court ruling has now overturned that decision. Delivering the judgement, Lord Toulson said: “Freedom to report the truth is a basic right to which the court gives a high level of protection, and the author’s right to his story includes the right to tell it as he wishes.
“There is every justification for the publication. A person who has suffered in he way the appellant has suffered, and has struggled to cope with the consequences of his suffering in the way that he has struggled, has the right to tell the world about it. And there is the corresponding public interest in others being able to listen to his life story in all its searing detail.”
“Freedom to report the truth is a basic right to which the court gives a high level of protection, and the author’s right to his story includes the right to tell it as he wishes..."