CHERYL Tweedy has tried to prevent newspapers from reporting on a past crime.
Lawyers representing the former Girls Aloud star have sent a legal letter to a newspaper that asks them not to report an incident after 2003, when Cheryl was found guilty of assaulting a nightclub worker .
Defenders of freedom of expression and media lawyers warned that this could set a precedent that rich and famous could use for the aerograph of their criminal past.
The letter argues that any mention of the offense, trial, conviction or conviction violates the Criminal Rehabilitation Act (RO), according to the mail on Sunday.
The law aims to protect those who are convicted of minor offenses being discriminated against in the future.
Cheryl's lawyers initiated the alleged dispute with the Guardian newspaper after having published an interview about which they mentioned the assault.
The singer gave a short answer when journalist Peter Robinson asked about her conviction to attack Sophie Amogbokpa at the Drink nightclub in Guildford, Surrey.
He was sentenced to 120 hours of community service and a fine after being found guilty of actual bodily harm (ABH).
The attack and trial were widely reported at the time and since then.
Former X Factor wrote about his autobiography Cheryl: My Story in 2012, where he said that it was his own defense.
Duncan Lamont, a media lawyer from Charles Russell Speechlys, said he did not believe that Cheryl could successfully use the RO Law to deal with newspapers.
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He told email on Sunday: "The foundation of the Criminal Rehabilitation Act is that if you applied for a job, you should not mention your conviction to your employer because the sentence was spent.
"Not applicable to the media. The act was designed to give people who committed a crime a second chance, not for privacy purposes."
The Sun Online has been directed to Cheryl's representatives to comment.
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