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Gareth Thomas settles case with ex-partner who accused former Welsh rugby star of ‘deceptively’ giving him HIV | UK News



Former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas has settled a legal case with a former partner who has accused him of “deceptively” transmitting HIV.

Ian Baum sued Mr. Thomas to the Supreme Court alleging that he concealed his HIV status and “failed to take reasonable care” to not transmit the virus.

Mr Thomas, 48, will pay £75,000 plus costs but said he did not admit liability by settlement, adding that he insisted he was innocent “of all charges unfounded”.

Mr. Baum, a former police officer who was romantically involved with the retired rugby star from 2013 to 2016, claimed he was HIV-negative when they met, court records say.

The documents say Mr Baum noticed the former athlete was taking pills from bottles with torn labels but was told it was a multivitamin.

He claims that he discovered these pills are an HIV anti-viral drug called GSK1 after searching them on Google.

Mr Baum said he “immediately” went for a rapid HIV test and was “depressed” and “shocked” when he found out he was positive.

‘Unpleasant Chapter’

The court papers said: “By transmitting HIV to the plaintiff, the defendant caused him serious physical and psychological harm.

“That information, if it were made public, would be extremely damaging to the defendant’s reputation as someone who has spoken out about his homosexuality and LGBTQ issues.

“Since that time, the defendant has presented himself as a spokesperson for LGBT issues without ever disclosing that he fraudulently transmitted HIV to the plaintiff in 2014.

“The defendant knowingly lied to the plaintiff about his HIV status and forced the plaintiff to have unprotected sex when he knew that doing so would put the plaintiff at risk of HIV infection.”

McCue Jury and Partners, the law firm representing Mr. Baum, said in a statement: “Ian has stood up for himself in the face of hardship. Ian looks forward to letting go of this uncomfortable chapter in his life. “

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Addressing ‘mental health’ and families

Mr. Thomas said on Twitter: “In personal injury cases like these, whistleblowers are not at risk financially even if they lose, but for me winning has huge financial implications. £75,000 plus costs is now nothing compared to many multiples of that I had to pay to successfully defend myself in court.

“For my own mental health and that of my family, this closure and acceptance from the other side is an extremely positive outcome.”

Mr. Thomas, who made 100 caps for Wales and represented the country at four Rugby World Cups, made history in 2009 when he became a public gay rugby player. first in the world.

He publicly revealed he was living with HIV in 2019 and has campaigned for awareness of the condition through the Terrence Higgins Trust charity of which he is a patron.

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