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A make-up artist with a client list including a host of celebrities and royalty is in court this week accused of deliberately running over a local TV producer in her car.

Teresa Fairminer, aged 59, has a make-up business that has provided services to the Duchess of Cornwall, Cherie Blair, Lily Allen, Helena Bonham-Carter and Dame Helen Mirren. Isleworth Crown Court heard allegations that she stormed into the offices of Chiswick Life TV and launched a tirade of abuse at company boss Dominic Moran.

In the altercation that followed she took off Mr. Moran's £600 Prada glasses and threw them to the ground. He claims that they were destroyed by being thrown against a stone wall but in her version she dropped them gently onto a carpeted floor to make him pick them up.

After this confrontation, as she was driving out of the offices onto Chiswick High Road Mr. Moran claims when he tried to block her way she drove straight at him carrying him on the bonnet into the bus lane. When questioned by the police she said, "The moral of this is: don't stand in front of an angry woman in a car."

The agency run by Ms. Fairminer specialises in providing top make-up artists for special occasions such as weddings. She supplied the person who worked with the Duchess of Cornwall at her wedding to Prince Charles. She also appears regularly on TV as a beauty expert.

The dispute with Mr. Moran arose over a disagreement about an arrangement that they had made in which she agreed to supply make-up services for his niece's wedding in return for promotional videos. Mr. Moran told the court that he received an abusive phone call from Ms. Fairminer after he e-mailed her expressing 'disappointment' that she had pulled out of the consultation and then she came to the office and verbally abused him and physically assaulted him.

Ms. Fairminer denies dangerous driving and causing criminal damage to a pair of £600 Prada spectacles.

The case continues today at Isleworth Crown Court.

November 12, 2010

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