Crawford Legal Services has threatened to take legal action against RollOnFriday for using a publicity photo in which its boss appeared next to a man who was subsequently exposed as a paedophile.
The photo showed Jason Spencer, who is now Crawford's Managing Director, standing in the vicinity of Laurence Ives, who is now in prison. It was taken in 2013 to commemorate the pair joining Plexus to run a group at the firm called 'Sector Solutions'.
This year Ives, who became Plexus's head of business development, was sentenced to four years in prison after more than 6,000 indecent images of children were found on electronic devices at his home.
There was no suggestion in the story that Spencer was aware that Ives was a deviant, and did not mention him at all. But apparently Crawford wishes very much to airbrush from history any evidence that its MD ever stood anywhere near a paedophile.
After the article was published, Crawford's Operations Manager emailed RollOnFriday asking for the photo to be removed "immediately" as "we do not wish Jason to be associated with the article/individual".
If the demand was not met, she threatened darkly, "we will instruct our legal team to take further action".
RollOnFriday Image Rectification Procedure
1. Identify offending photograph
2. Examine historical precedent
3. Apply technique seamlessly
Not the MD of Crawford and Ives (R)
Crawford would not say whether the request to remove a publicity picture put out by Spencer's former firm, and the threat to litigate, originated with Spencer himself or his new employer, or both.
After being informed that RollOnFriday would be writing about the extraordinary threat, Crawford did not respond to requests for comment. Perhaps someone finally googled The Streisand Effect.
Not Frank Bruno meeting Peter Sutcliffe with Jimmy Savile.