In cases where an individual has been abused by a high-profile celebrity, this often attracts significant media attention. We are all aware of the allegations made against Jimmy Saville. We have seen many more instances of abuse by celebrities and other public figures coming to light in recent years as people have felt more empowered to speak up about their experiences.
Our specialist team have dealt with a number of high-profile cases and have recovered compensation for our clients. It can be daunting speaking out against someone who seems to hold such a powerful position, but we are able to support you and guide you through the process, ensuring total confidentiality and sensitivity. In our experience, the police and the courts take these allegations very seriously, despite the position and status of the person accused.
Can I claim directly from the individual?
In claims for compensation for sexual and physical assault or abuse, it is usually better to claim against a company, body or organisation, rather than trying to claim from the individual. If however, this is not possible, then it may be possible to pursue the individual themselves. Celebrities and other public figures are more likely to be wealthy enough to pay any compensation they are ordered to pay and they are more likely to instruct solicitors themselves, which makes the process much easier.
How much compensation will I receive?
The level of compensation you receive will depend on a number of factors but generally is determined by the nature, severity and duration of the abuse and assaults and the effect that this has had on you. Our institutional sexual abuse compensation calculator will give you an idea of what compensation you could be entitled to claim. Any award of compensation will also reflect any diagnosed psychiatric or psychological condition that you are or have suffered from as a result. In some cases, you may also be able to claim any earnings lost as a result of the abuse, where this has had an impact on your employment. We may also be able to recover for you any money you have spent in the past on private medical treatment and any recommended future treatment such as counselling or other therapy.
I don’t want any media attention, will my allegations remain confidential?
Whilst the media will often reveal the name of the person against whom the allegations are made, in the case of sexual abuse allegations you are protected by the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 which prevents journalists and the media from publishing or broadcasting any information that would identify the victim of sexual offences without their express consent.