Bates hit with 10k harassment damages award to former Leeds director
12:29 GMT, 7 June 2012
Sued: Ken Bates has been ordered to pay 10,000 to Melvyn Levi and his wife Carole
Leeds chairman Ken Bates has been ordered to pay 10,000 to a former director who sued him for harassment.
Melvyn Levi and his wife Carole claimed they suffered stress as a result of announcements on the club radio station allegedly likening Mr Levi to a criminal on the run.
They also claimed comments made by Mr Bates in his match day programme notes amounted to speculation over the state of their marriage.
Mr Levi was awarded 10,000 in compensation at Leeds County Court but his wife's claim failed.
Judge Mark Gosnell said: 'Mr Levi has succeeded in his claim and has been awarded 10,000 and Mrs Levi's claim has failed.'
Mr Bates is also now subject to an injunction banning him from discussing Mr Levi's private life in public for two years.
But the Leeds chairman is allowed to mention the on-going commercial dispute between the two, known as the 'Jersey proceedings', as well as other non-private matters.
Explaining why he was granting the injuction, the judge said: “I cannot think of a better reason than the delving into Mr Levi's private life in what is a commercial dispute between Mr Levi and Mr Bates which I hope will be resolved by someone else on another day.'