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Kate McCann 'felt raped' after her secret diary was printed in the News of the World

Original Source: MAIL: 25 NOVEMBER 2011
By Vanessa Allen and Colin Fernandez 
Last updated at 2:49 AM on 25th November 2011

Mrs McCann: I felt violated when News of the World published my diary 


Kate McCann felt 'worthless' and 'mentally raped' after her diary of the days after her daughter vanished was published in the News of the World.


The mother of missing Madeleine told the Leveson Inquiry into press standards yesterday that she wanted to 'climb into a hole and not come out'.


Mrs McCann and her husband Gerry, both 43, said they felt some of the coverage of Madeleine's disappearance was 'nothing short of disgusting' and that they had faced a virtual trial by media.

Ordeal: Kate and Gerry McCann described the media storm after their daughter Madeleine vanished from a Portuguese holiday apartment in May 2007

Trauma: The McCanns yesterday said their experience at the hands of the media had been 'disgusting'



The couple from Rothley, Leicestershire, revealed they had been called  by the editor of the now-defunct News of the World, Colin Myler, days before the anniversary of Madeleine going missing from their rented Portuguese holiday apartment.

Mrs McCann said he made her 'almost feel guilty' about giving an interview to Hello! magazine, talking about their campaign for a Europe-wide alert system for missing children.


Witnesses: Gerry and Kate McCann arrived at the Leveson Inquiry at London's High Court holding hands this morning

Her husband added: 'It's fair to say Mr Myler was irate when he learned of the publication and was berating us for not doing an interview with the News of the World.


'It was a time of stress for us on the first anniversary ? he basically beat us into submission, verbally, and we agreed to do an interview the day after.'


Four months later, in September 2008, a friend told Mrs McCann that her private diary - probably leaked by Portuguese police -had been printed in the same newspaper.


The mother of three said: 'I  felt violated. I'd written these words at the most desperate time of my life, and it was  my only way of communicating with Madeleine.


'I recently read through my diary entries at that point in that week and I talk about climbing into a hole and not coming out because I just felt so worthless that we'd been treated like that.'


Mr McCann said he had never read his wife's diary because  it was private, and was shocked by its publication.


He told  the inquiry: 'Kate was distraught and in her words felt "mentally raped".'


The couple said they initially received support from the media after Madeleine's disappearance but the tone changed after 'leaks' from inside the Portuguese police investigation falsely suggested the  couple were involved in Madeleine's disappearance.


The couple were unable to refute the allegations as they had been threatened with a two-year jail sentence if they broke Portugal's laws of judicial secrecy which surround any police investigation.





Anger: On the first anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine (left), her parents said they had been verbally attacked by the then editor of the News of the World Colin Myler (right) fore giving an interview to a rival publication

The McCanns eventually took legal action against the publishers of the Daily Express and the Daily Star, who they described as the 'worst offenders'  among the British media, although they criticised every newspaper and broadcaster.


Express Group Newspapers paid ?550,000 in damages to the Find Madeleine fund and published a front-page apology.


Separate legal action against the Evening Standard and the Daily Mail was settled out of court, the inquiry heard.


The News of the World  also apologised and made a donation to the Find Madeleine fund after it published Mrs McCann's diary.


Experience: Mark Lewis (left) and Sheryl Gascoigne also talked about their experiences with the press at the Leveson Inquiry today


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