30 May 2007
Ex-TV executive wins libel damages from Daily Mail
The ex-husband of Anne Diamond has won £75,000 in libel damages from the Daily Mail.
Former-TV executive Mike Hollingsworth, 61, was suing the newspaper's publisher Associated Press over an article which alleged he had struck his wife DJ Harriet Scott first during a drunken argument.
Associated Newspapers had claimed justification and mounted a defence that the allegations were substantially true.
However, the High Court jury supported Mr Hollingsworth's claim that he had been severely beaten by Ms Scott and had slapped her a single time in retaliation.
Mr Holingsworth said: "The Daily Mail published a libel and I asked them to retract and print a correction and I would have been very happy if they had just done that. I wasn't looking for money."
"I hope I never hear the name 'Harriet Scott' again," he added.
It is thought that because Mr Hollingsworth had only entered a claim for £50,000, he will not receive the full amount that the jury awarded.