U2 Guitarist Looks for Edge In Newspaper Fight

By: E&P Staff The Edge, the lead guitarist for rock band U2 (whose real name is David Evans), continued his fight Monday with an Irish newspaper over its probe into reports that a relative's illness had forced the Irish group to delay the start of its world tour in March.

A high court judge in Dublin agreed Monday to a two-week delay in hearing competing lawsuits between The Edge and Dublin's Sunday World newspaper. The tabloid identified the relative, and the illness, in a front-page story Jan. 8. It withdrew the story from later editions after The Edge's lawyers obtained a temporary injunction.

The move also warned other Irish newspapers not to run with the item, on invasion of privacy grounds. The guitarist now wants the order to be strengthened into a permanent injunction.

The Sunday World argues that the details of the relative's illness are newsworthy, since the illness led to the postponement of start of the tour from March 1 to March 28 (in San Diego, California).


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