Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Why Is He Not Here?' Judge Asks as Ant Misses Court Date

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Why Is He Not Here?' Judge Asks as Ant Misses Court Date

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TELEVISION presenter Ant McPartlin has been told off by a High Court judge after failing to attend a preliminary hearing of a divorce court fight over money with his estranged wife, Lisa Armstrong.

Ms Armstrong attended the hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London yesterday. McPartlin was not in court but was represented by lawyers.

Mr Justice Mostyn said McPartlin should have been present.

The hearing was staged in private and Mr Justice Mostyn placed limits on what could be reported. But he said journalists could name McPartlin and Ms Armstrong in reports of the hearing.

He also said they could report that McPartlin had been "told off" for not attending.

"Why is he not here?" Mr Justice Mostyn asked Jonathan Southgate QC, who leads McPartlin's legal team.

"There isn't one law for the famous and one for the rest of the community. …

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