Katie Price’s most recent bankruptcy hearing was held in secret because the actress was concerned that screenshots of the proceedings would be published online.
The 45-year-old OnlyFans model was declared bankrupt in 2019 and is said to owe £3.2 million in debts.
She has avoided a jail term as a result of repeated debt payback hearings, the most recent of which was held on Thursday, September 14.
Price pleaded with the court to keep the session secret because she was “terrified” of someone filming or taking screenshots of it and publishing it online.
She told Judge Paul Greenwood, at the beginning of the proceedings, ‘there are people already on here who shouldn’t be here,’ according to PA.
Price, speaking with her camera off, said a certain site is ‘awful about me … it’s a site where they just slag everyone off. I’m petrified,’ adding that people on the site were ‘already saying I’m going to jail.’
The mum-of-five accused one person, who joined the hearing on Microsoft Teams, of being ‘here to slag me off’ and ‘recording everything.’
The woman denied taking screenshots and said she was simply a ‘member of the public.’
Judge Greenwood reminded those present that taking screenshots would be in contempt of court, and directed that the hearing should take place in private with only the parties involved and their lawyers able to remain, saying he ‘simply cannot know who is in court remotely.’
‘In all of these circumstances, for the purposes of this particular hearing, in order that it should actually be capable of being conducted, I’m going now to direct that it be heard in private,’ the judge said, adding that the outcome of the hearing will be made publicly available.
It comes after a court announced in July that the former beauty model will be questioned about her money four years after she filed bankruptcy.
At a previous bankruptcy hearing in October 2020, Price apologised to the court, saying she hadn’t been ‘able to deal with these issues or in the right mental state to understand everything that has been going on.’
In February of last year, she evaded jail for the second time due to a ‘last-minute deal.’
Source My Celebrity Life.