Morrissey’s high court date with NME has now been set in stone for mid-July, after it was discovered that NME was willing to publish an apology to the singer via their website but not in the magazine itself.
The hearing will be over four days at London’s High Court (July 16-19), where fans of the singer have been told that – if they wish – to:
“…make their presence known outside the High Court in London on these dates.”
These dates do clash with the former Smiths frontman’s gigs in Greece and Turkey, however, in a statement from fansite True To You, Morrissey will: “…fly in and fly out of London to attend each hearing on each day.”
The court hearing relates to an interview Morrissey did with NME in 2007, where the singer claims that the magazine had “fabricated” parts of the interview to make him appear racist. Some quotes will be subject to particular scrutiny, such as:
“With the issue of immigration, it’s very difficult because, although I don’t have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears.”
When Morrissey decided to pursue for a court hearing four years after the offending interview took place, a spokesman for NME said that the magazine wanted to “strike out Morrissey’s claim” and were happy that the group would “finally get an opportunity to bring this matter to a close”.
Watch a video of Morrissey performing his top three hit ‘You Have Killed Me’, live at Chile’s Vina Del Mar festival, below:
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