16 February 2007
Cameron Diaz wins 'substantial' damages
Actress Cameron Diaz has accepted what are described as "substantial" libel damages from a US tabloid after the publication claim that she had had an affair with a married man.
American Media Inc were forced to make the payment after publishing photographs of the Hollywood actress with television producer Shane Nickerson, claiming that they were romantically linked.
The company's National Enquirer website published the story in 2005, along with a headline reading "Cameron Caught Cheating". At the time, Ms Diaz was seeing pop singer Justin Timberlake.
Sam Howard, the lawyer representing the National Enquirer, told the High Court in London that the newspaper accepted that the allegations made in the story we untrue, admitting that the story should never have been published.
Mr Howard also said that the paper had apologised unreservedly for the embarrassment and distress that the article had caused, agreeing to pay the damages, although the exact sum paid was not disclosed.