'Poker face' Kate to sue

27 October 2007
The Sun
Clodagh Hartley and Antonella Lazzeri
Fury over 'interview act' slur

ANGRY Kate and Gerry McCann may sue over claims this week's emotional TV interview was "staged like theatre".

Kate, 39, was blasted as being like a "poker player" -and her heartfelt tears were called "part of the act" by a psychiatrist.

And Gerry, 39, "controlled" Kate in the Spanish TV broadcast, Jose Cabrera claimed.

Last night a pal of the McCanns said: "When the time is right they will take action against anyone who they feel has overstepped the mark.

"He is one more person on the list to sue.

"The people who criticised Kate when she managed to hold it together are now attacking her because she couldn't."

Kate and Gerry think daughter Madeleine, four -who vanished from Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3 -may be in Spain. On Monday they gave their first TV interview since they were named as suspects.

The couple, from Rothley, Leics, were warned not to show too much emotion after Maddie vanished in case an abductor "gets off on it". But Kate finally broke down in the 30-minute interview.

Spanish facial expression specialist Cabrera, 50, said: "Kate seemed like a poker player.

"She holds the secret. When people cry, they move muscles in their face and she did not move one single muscle.

"Any English person is cold but she has something else."

He told a Portuguese paper Gerry controlled Kate, adding: "When she opened her mouth to talk he squeezed her hand. He knows he has to control her so she does not go to far."

And Portuguese criminologist Moita Flores called the interview "a circus act". But the McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "Kate and Gerry have nothing to hide. Our lawyers are watching carefully."

Kate's mum Susan Healy, 62, said: "You couldn't get a more heartfelt interview than that. They can't win either way."

Cops in Portugal are waiting for DNA test results. Gerry has said he fears the analysis may not be enough to clear them.

Robert Murat, 33 -arrested 11 days after Maddie vanished -has asked to be re-interviewed in a bid to clear his name.

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