A married Premier League footballer reportedly silenced a secret lover by making her sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) in order to prevent her from leaking their arrangement. The player, who is also said to have featured at international level for England, is claimed to have pressured the woman into inking the contract and accepting a five-figure sum as hush money.
The married cheat sneaked off for a series of hotel romps with the woman, before and after tying the knot with his oblivious wife, according to The Sun. He was later said to have hired lawyers at a rate of £500 per hour, who went on to bombard the woman with a series of ominous warning messages in a bid to 'intimidate' her into signing an NDA.
She was also reported to have accepted around £20,000 in hush money after initially refusing to cooperate, which angered the footballer before she was pressured to delete messages and pictures from their conversations. The single mother was said to have felt 'coerced' by the player, who is claimed to have still been in contact with her four years on from their first hookup.
The unnamed Premier League footballer has already been slammed by a women's group as a result of the accusations, with Women's Aid communications chief Teresa Parker having condemned the alleged use of an NDA in order to silence the lover in question.
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"It is horrendous for a woman to be faced with intimidating behaviour from a football player, whereby she feels forced to sign an NDA and delete photos and messages," Parker is quoted as saying in the report.
"We run a campaign, football United Against Domestic Violence, that tries to promote healthy relationships, and footballers using financial power and status to legally intimidate women is abusive. We need to stand up against controlling behaviour in relationships together. It is unacceptable."
"Time and time again we have seen footballers and people in power use an NDA as a way of feeling invincible. They use it as a tool to control. They have unlimited resources and use these to silence women from telling their truth."
NDAs are commonly used in business transactions such as mergers and acquisitions and are intended to protect confidential information, but they have also been deployed by public figures to cover up scandals and silence victims of alleged sexual assault. They were reportedly used by disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein to forbid women from speaking out about their experiences with him, while the Solicitors Regulation Authority issued a warning notice about their improper use back in 2020.
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