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Publicity-shy singer wins privacy claim

Winnipeg folksinger Loreena McKennitt has won a privacy claim against a former friend who wrote a book about her.

Canadian singer Loreena McKennitt has won a privacy claim against a former friend who wrote a book about her.

A London court justice issued a ruling against Niema Ash on Wednesday over Ash's book, Travels with Loreena McKennitt: My Life as a Friend. Ash is a resident of London.

The publicity-shy McKennitt took issue with passages that concerned her personal relationships, her grief over the drowning death of her fiancé, Ronald Rees, and her diet.

"Ms. Ash was only too aware, at the time of and prior to publication, that much of the content of the book would cause concern and distress to Ms. McKennitt because of its intrusive nature," Justice David Eady of the High Court of Justice wrote in his ruling.

Ash was a friend of McKennitt, and even joined the singer on a tour in 1998 acting as merchandise supervisor. Her book was published in June.

The court awarded McKennitt damages of 5,000 British pounds ($10,300) and an injunction "to restrict further publication of the passages" identified as invasive to McKennitt's privacy.

In a statement released by her manager, McKennitt said she was satisfied with the ruling.

"[The ruling] has vindicated my attempts to protect my privacy," the singer said. "I am very pleased that the court has decided that all people, including those in the public eye, are entitled to real protection of their privacy, not just in response to intrusive photographs but also intrusive and even inaccurate information published in books and elsewhere."

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