08/05/2014

Brand Wins Damages Over Affair Claims

Russell Brand has accepted substantial libel damages from The Sun on Sunday after the newspaper published false claims about his relationship.

The comedian, 38, took legal action against the publication in January after it alleged in an article last November that he had cheated on his girlfriend Jemima Khan. Immediately after the story was published, Brand wrote a letter to the paper informing them that the claims were false and demanding a retraction and apology. The paper refused, but the allegations were later proven to be untrue.

Brand is reported to have been awarded the damages last month. They have now been accepted formally at London's High Court and and the money will be donated to the Hillsborough Justice Campaign.

In a statement, Brand's solicitor John Kelly said: "The claimant's distress was increased as a result of the defendant's initial refusal to remove the article from the newspaper's website, or to withdraw the allegations and publish an apology.

"After the newspaper refused to apologise Mr Brand issued proceedings for libel.

"The defendant now accepts these claims are in fact totally untrue and defamatory and that these claims should never have been published."

News Group Newspapers, which publishes The Sun on Sunday, has issued an apology to both Brand and Ms Khan for any "distress" or "embarrassment" caused.

(CVS/JP)

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