Robbie Williams
wins "gay" libel suit

British pop
singer Robbie Williams accepted undisclosed libel damages on
Tuesday from publishers of a newspaper and magazines that
had claimed he was gay. The defendants, British
publishing groups MGN Limited, publisher of The People
, a Sunday tabloid, and Northern & Shell
PLC, publisher of Star and Hot Stars
magazines, agreed to publish prominent apologies to
Williams and to pay damages and legal costs.

Zoe Norden, a
lawyer representing MGN and Northern & Shell, said:
"I accept that the allegations…were untrue. The
defendant apologizes to the claimant and expresses its
regret for the injury and distress caused."

The cover story
of an August 2004 issue of The People suggested
that Williams had numerous gay sexual encounters with
strangers. Similar stories were published in the two
magazines. (AP)

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