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Knock Down Ginger

by | 27th, June 2003

‘TO ginger, speccy and cradle-snatching, we can now add lying, drunken, arrogant, conniving, insecure, childish and petulant. And £35m poorer.

How many eyes?

That at least was the verdict of Mr Justice Lightman, the judge who presided over Chris Evans’ attempt to sue Virgin Radio for £8.6m he claimed he was owed.

Evans was claiming unfair dismissal after being sacked from the station for not turning up to work and going on a massive drinking binge instead.

After yesterday’s ruling, it is likely to go down as the most expensive boozing session in history, with the final bill likely to be around £35m.

That is the Sun’s estimate, based on a £4m legal bill, the £20m Virgin are claiming Evans cost them by his outrageous behaviour and the £9m in share options he lost when he was sacked.

Not that Evans looked bothered when he emerged from the pub last night after downing six pints.

”I’m disappointed but philosophical,” he said.

And the philosophy came courtesy of a quote from explorer David Livingstone: ”All will come out right at last – have we such faith in the goodness of Providence.”

The Express, however, has its doubts about that saying that, while for so long everything Evans touched turned to gold, now he has the King Midas touch in reverse.

”While some regard him as a brilliant maverick with an eye for the next big idea,” it says, ”others dismiss him as an egomaniac and control freak known to humiliate rivals and colleagues alike.”

Oh, and did we mention that he is also ginger and speccy?

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