Samuel Eto'o Wins Case to Ban Publication of Former Lover's 'Revenge Porn' Book

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2016

Cameroon's striker and draw assistant Samuel Eto'o waits for the start of the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers at the Konstantin Palace in Saint Petersburg on July 25, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / OLGA MALTSEVA        (Photo credit should read OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Samuel Eto'o has succeeded in banning the publication of a book written by a former lover that was set to reveal private details of their seven-year relationship. 

Per AFP (via the Daily Mail), the High Court of Paris have blocked the release of Nathalie Koah's book entitled: Revenge Porn - Football, sex, money: the testimony of Samuel Eto'o's ex, after lawyers for the former Barcelona star successfully argued "the book contravened France's strict privacy laws."

The report added that the publishers have appealed the decision in an attempt to release the book—that was set to come out on Thursday—containing details of Ms Koah's affair with the married Eto'o between 2007 and 2014.

Lawyer Olivier Pardo, representing the publishers, Editions du Moment, called the ruling a "totally unjustified" decision, per AFP (via the Daily Mail): "I'm extremely shocked and flabbergasted. The book does not only lay bare the life of Mr. Eto'o but also that of Nathalie Koah."

As relayed by French newspaper L'Equipe (via Marca), Ms Koah, 29, has accused Eto'o of publishing intimate photos of her on the internet, and she feels "humiliated and betrayed" by the 34-year-old.

Meanwhile, the former Cameroon international accused her of "fraud and abuse of trust."

France 24 English relayed an interview with Ms Koah in which she explained why she wanted to release the book:

Upon the court's decision, the Cameroonian woman posted a video on her Facebook page bemoaning the outcome of the case, via AFP (h/t the Daily Mail): "I regret the decision, but I won't let myself be knocked down. I'm a victim in this story. I'm not being allowed to tell the truth as it is."

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