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Justice Minister Simon Power wants to stop the emerging "special class" of high-profile people using their status to get name suppression.

Mr Power strongly signalled he would change the law to stop cases such as the one this month in which a "prominent entertainer" who admitted forcing a teenage girl's face into his genitals was granted permanent suppression because publicity would have a detrimental effect on his career and his record and ticket sales.

The minister said he instinctively disagreed with giving well-known people an advantage when they came before the courts.

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