LONDON (Reuters) - Singer Lily Allen accepted damages on Thursday from the publisher of a French soccer magazine over allegations that she had made offensive remarks about David and Victoria Beckham and Cheryl and Ashley Cole.
Her lawyer Mark Thomson told the High Court in London that So Press, the publishers of “So Foot” magazine, had agreed to apologize to the 25-year-old British star and to pay her damages and legal costs.
So Foot published the article in May 2009, saying that it was based on an exclusive interview with Allen, the Press Association reported.
“The interview suggested that the claimant had made various offensive remarks about David and Victoria Beckham and Ashley and Cheryl Cole,” Thomson said.
“The statements attributed to the claimant were then repeated in an article in The Sun newspaper on May 7, 2009.”
He added that So Foot now accepted that no interview had taken place and had agreed to withdraw the interview and not republish it.
Richard Dugdale, lawyer for the publisher, said it offered “sincere apologies to the claimant for the damage, as well as the upset and embarrassment caused to her by the publication of the article.”
Writing by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Steve Addison