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Saturday, 28 February, 1998, 22:42 GMT
Trevor Rees-Jones: the full statement
"I wish to explain how the interview with Mr Piers Morgan (editor of The Mirror) took place and make absolutely clear that I have received no payment from the interview and, indeed, have never received any payment from the press.

"I have instructed solicitors to act on my behalf and have asked them to deal with the enormous press interest. My solicitors are entirely independent of the Harrods organisation. I have asked that my employers directed all press inquiries to my solicitors, and they confirm they will do so.

"As you are aware, I have returned to light duties at Harrods over the past few weeks. In order to assist me, my employers have also provided me with the support and assistance of psychiatrists. I am grateful to Mr Al Fayed for the support that he has given my family and me since the accident.

"I have now given three interviews to the judge. I remember very little of the final journey on August 31. In my interviews with the psychiatrist, I have remembered a little more. I am therefore having a further meeting with the judge to tell him what I remember.

"This is where matters stood on Wednesday, February 25 last. On that day, I had a further meeting with the psychiatrist. I remembered a little more. Later that day, I attended a meeting at Harrods.

"When I did so, I met Mr Piers Morgan, who I understand to be the editor of the Daily Mirror. I answered his questions as straightforwardly as I could. I entered into no agreement with the Daily Mirror. I have given them no exclusivity and have received no payment.

"I understand that the Daily Mirror contacted other press outlets last night claiming rights over an "exclusive" article. They did so without contacting me or my solicitors. This has caused my family and me great personal difficulty. I have felt forced to go into hiding.

"I have been very concerned to read previous articles in the press suggesting that I did not on the night in question conduct myself professionally and was not properly trained for the role which I was performing.

"These allegations are wholly spurious and I will, as and when I think it appropriate to do so, make public comment. This will be done solely through my solicitors and in the media and on the terms of my choosing.

"I wish to repeat that I have not received one penny piece from the Daily Mirror or any other media outlet since the tragic events of the 31 August. In no respect does the Daily Mirror have exclusive rights in this matter."

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