Judge lashes Evans in Virgin Radio ruling

Businessman ordered to pay costs and damages

LONDON — Chris Evans, millionaire broadcaster-turned-media mogul-turned-producer, lost his £8.6 million ($14.3 million) dismissal claim against former employer Virgin Radio in a high-profile court case Thursday.

The claim was for share options lost after Evans was fired for failing to show up for his breakfast show for five days after a drinking binge in June 2001. Virgin said Evans had acted unprofessionally. Evans claimed to be ill but was photographed outside a pub with pop singer Billie Piper, now his wife.

Judge Gavin Lightman, described Evans as a petulant prima donna who would resort to any means, fair or foul, to achieve his ends.

“We were always confident that the court would support our case that Chris Evans repeatedly breached the terms of his contract,” a Virgin rep said.

Evans, who made $116 million selling Virgin to Scottish Media Group, has been ordered to pay costs and damages.

SMG is counterclaiming $33 million in damages.