Paddy Jackson & Stuart Olding To Pursue Lawsuit Against The BBC

Civil case.

Ulster and Ireland rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding are set to pursue a privacy lawsuit against the BBC following their acquittal at Belfast Crown Court.

The action, initiated in 2016, had been put on hold pending the outcome of the rape trial.

Both players were acquitted of all charges brought against them yesterday, after the jury reached a unanimous verdict after three hours and 45 minutes of deliberation.

A solicitor representing Paddy Jackson confirmed the action agains the BBC would now go ahead. The civil suit was filed after the identities of the two players were reported prior to them being charged.

Both players are seeking damages for misuse of private information after details were published in an online news article on November 1, 2016.

Jackson has also initiated a separate civil action against a freelance sports journalist and persons unknown in the Police Service of Northern Ireland.