Former RAF officer Owen Morris wants damages for defamation and breach of privacy, claiming sex work was fabricatedAn ex-lover of Brooke Magnanti, the research scientist who as Belle de Jour wrote a blog about her life as a London sex worker, is to sue her for defamation in a hotly contested legal case.Owen Morris, 38, is claiming all was not as depicted by Magnanti, 37, in her anonymous blog Diary of a London Call Girl, which led to two books and a TV series starring Billie Piper. He also doubts whether she was a sex worker.Morris’s claims are contested by Magnanti, who wrote in her blog on Sunday: “I was a sex worker”.The blog, which ran from 2003, was turned into a top 10 bestselling book, The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl, in 2005, and a sequel, The Further Adventures of a London Call Girl, in 2006. Magnanti outed herself as the author in 2009 in the Sunday Times.In an article in the Mail on Sunday, Morris, an ex-RAF flight lieutenant, said he was pursuing damages for defamation and breach of privacy against the writer. Morris, the newspaper reports, disputes some of the key details in the books …read more

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