Rhodes' ex-wife had obtained an injunction to prevent the publication of certain parts of Instrumental, a book which describes the sexual abuse he suffered in his youth, as she claimed its release would cause their 12-year-old son "severe emotional distress and psychological harm".

Cumberbatch joined his musician pal for moral support at London's Supreme Court, where a judge overturned the injunction on the grounds that "a person who has suffered in the way (Rhodes) has suffered has the right to tell the world about it".

Outside court, The Imitation Game star was spotted holding a copy of the memoir and hugging Rhodes, who hailed the ruling a "victory for victims".