Brand Awarded Damages From Newspaper

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Comedian and actor Russell Brand has finally been awarded damages from British newspaper, after one of their articles alleged he was cheating on his girlfriend.

This famous funnyman sued bosses at newspaper publisher News UK for their article from January 2014, after the story was published in The Sun on Sunday in November 2013, stating he was unfaithful to Jemima Khan.

His lawyer, John Kelly, said on his behalf, “The allegations are entirely without foundation and of course they were distressing, hurtful and damaging to the claimant (Brand). Following publication Mr Brand immediately wrote to the Sun on Sunday on the very day the article came out through his solicitors Harbottle & Lewis who informed the newspaper that the claims were false, that they should be withdrawn and that an apology should be published.

The publishers refused to withdraw the story or even apologise at the time. However, they have now accepted the claims were “totally untrue and defamatory and that these claims should never have been published“.

The star accepted “substantial” libel damages, which were awarded at London’s High Court on Thursday, May 8.

As well as apologising, NGN agreed to pay Brand his legal costs and damages, which he would put towards “what he considers to be diverse, just and decent causes.

Brand was not in court for the settlement of his action.

The funnyman has been dating Khan since 2013.

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