The media circus surrounding the impending divorce of reality TV stars Katie Price and Peter Andre took another dramatic turn yesterday when it emerged the couple are embroiled in a vitriolic court dispute surrounding the custody terms of the camera crew that has resided with them in recent years.
‘Katie and Peter are determined to keep matters as civil as possible for the sake of the crew, who are understandably very distressed,’ said a statement issued through their publicist. ‘The family ask that you respect their privacy at this difficult time, as the rights have already been sold to OK! Magazine.’
But behind closed doors, the estranged spouses are believed to be at each other’s throats, with both parties insisting the crew would rather live with them. Their original agreement for Katy to have the crew during the week, handing them over to Peter at the weekends, quickly disintegrated when Mr Andre returned them to the family home an hour late, feeling sick from filming him on too many roller coasters at Chessington World of Adventures and in no fit state to capture Price’s scheduled tired and emotional 3am exit from new nightclub ‘Bouncers’. Ms Price now seeks permanent custody of the entire crew, reneging on an earlier promise to allow Mr Andre access for fragrance launches, C-list award ceremonies and assorted envelope openings of his choosing.
As is often the case with acrimonious celebrity divorce, it’s the camera crew that are taking it hardest. ‘They keep saying that their feelings towards us haven’t changed,’ said an emotional boom operator, ‘But I just want things to go back to how they were. Katie, Peter, me, the director, producer, two outside filming units, five make-up artists and the best boy. Now Katie’s coming up to me and asking if I think her singing voice is better than Pete’s while Peter’s been asking everybody whose chest they prefer his or Jordan’s. They say it’s not our fault, but you can’t help wondering, was it something we did?’
The crew is believed to have been given their own fly-on-the-wall ITV2 series, ‘Camera Crew: Court in the Middle’ which will see them trailed by a second crew night and day throughout the legal proceedings. Neither Katie nor Peter were available for comment, but Mr Andre is believed to be drawing on the experience for his forthcoming album ‘Beneath the Barrel’ and Ms Price is said to be finding solace in the arms of anyone with opposable thumbs.