ITV2 to pay £4m damages to reality TV producer in Peter Andre dispute

ITV2 will pay more than £4 million damages to a company run by a reality television show producer after a High Court dispute involving singer Peter Andre, a lawyer has said.

A judge had awarded damages to Mr H TV – a company owned by producer Neville Hendricks (opens in new tab), which produced a series of reality television programmes featuring Mr Andre – last week, but a figure was not revealed.

Lawyer Mark Bateman, who represented Mr Hendricks and Mr H TV, said Mr Justice Flaux had now approved damages of more than £4 million.

Mr Bateman, a partner at law firm Archerfield Partners, said when interest was added the figure would be around £5.5 million.

High Court in London

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Mr Justice Flaux had described Andre, 42, as 'an extremely unsatisfactory witness' in a ruling on the case. He said on some issues Andre’s evidence was 'not truthful' (opens in new tab).

The Strictly Come Dancing star insisted that he had told the truth.

The legal battle had been over an ITV2 production agreement for shows involving both Andre and singer turned reality TV star Kerry Katona.

Peter Andre

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The Andre agreement had been for three years and related to the Peter Andre: The Next Chapter series and Here To Help. The series initially concerned his marriage to the model Katie Price and then his life in the aftermath of their divorce.

Mr H TV claimed that ITV had wrongfully terminated the production agreement and claimed damages estimated to be between £6 million and £7 million. ITV2 disputed the claim.

Sources estimated that ITV2 could be left with lawyers’ bills of more than £10 million.

 

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