Royal College of Art lecturer Philip Shaw, who was cleared by an Old Bailey jury of sexual abuse. The court heard that the woman who accused Shaw was suffering from false memory syndrome after being misled by the US book The Courage to Heal, which claimed “almost all women have been sexually abused”. A psychiatrist said false memory syndrome produces “vivid childhood memories that have not occurred”.
Lawyers for an unnamed publisher, who are among the few people in the UK likely to read Joe Eszterhas’ new study of sex and power in Hollywood. The Basic Instinct screenwriter’s latest book is proving too hot for UK publishers with Fourth Estate and another house turning it down because of libel fears. It is being considered by a third London publisher. The book, American Rhapsody, employs a controversial device described as “literary ventriloquism” in which real characters, including President Clinton and Warren Beatty deliver invented monologues laced with sex.