Charming man's appeal fails him before Law Lords...

Morrissey failed in his final attempt to overturn a 1996 High Court verdict that he and guitarist Johnny Marr short-changed former Smiths members Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke out of money owed during their stint in the band.

Marr did not appeal the original verdict, but Morrissey – branded “devious” by the original judge – took the case to appeal, finally being defeated aty a private hearing before three Law Lords.

Morissey now faces a payout of millions to JoyceRourke having already settled for a one-off payout – as well as hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal fees.