Canadian folk singer Loreena McKennitt has reached an out-of-court settlement with a former employee and would-be biographer, her London lawyers announced Friday. In a landmark 2005 privacy case, McKennitt had already won an injunction against the British writer Niema Ash, forcing her to remove several passages from a self-published book she wrote about the singer. Ash, a former Montrealer now living in London, has twice been denied appeal hearings in the case but had republished the book with some passages excised. McKennitt, arguing the amended book still invaded her privacy and that Ash was now violating the injunction, launched a second action.
That action was settled Thursday with Ash agreeing not to republish the book and to pay some of McKennitt's costs, McKennitt's lawyers said in a press release. Ash was not immediately available for comment.
Ash was a former friend and one-time employee of McKennitt's who wrote and self-published a memoir of their relationship after a falling-out with the singer. It included passages describing McKennitt's grief over the death of her fiancé in a boating accident and described one of her houses, information which McKennitt successfully argued invaded her privacy and breached a duty of confidence on the part of an employee.