THE STRASBOURG court confirmed that Ross Gellar and Rachel Green were not together when Mr. Gellar slept with the ‘photocopy girl from the Xerox place’.
The European Court of Human Rights final verdict, made public this afternoon, is not eligible for appeal and sees Mr. Gellar acquitted in relation to his alleged infidelity when “on a break” or “in the middle of a fight” with Ms. Green.
The 17 judges of the Grand Chamber in defending their decision stated “the de facto interruption of the couple’s life together as such can and should be, interpreted as a potentially definitive pause that gave legitimacy to both parties to explore other temporary or definitive romantic entanglements”.
The Court acknowledges, however, that the decision to sleep with the photocopy girl “was a pretty shitty thing to do, but does not in any case meet the criteria of ‘infidelity’.”
Far from settling the controversy as it was intended, the judgement has led defenders of Ms. Green to question the objectivity of the Grand Chamber of the Court of Strasbourg, accusing the judges of sexism and “entering into a simplistic analysis that does not contemplate the subtleties inherent in a relationship between two people, which go beyond the verbal agreements that are signed off on during moments of tension, disagreements and/or anger.”
The decision of the ECtHR is final and a request for appeal is only accepted “if the matter raised a serious issue concerning the interpretation or application of the Convention or its Protocols” as stipulated in the text of the Convention on Human Rights itself. This decision now effects the future interpretation of “all statements outlining a request for rest, interruption or space” within the framework of sentimental relationships.
The judgement could lead to potentially millions of men using the Gellar/Green case in their own bids to get disputed cheating convictions overturned.