27 July 2007
Coleen McLoughlin wins libel damages from Daily Mail
The Daily Mail is to pay Colleen McLoughlin £20,000 after it falsely claimed that she had cried at after being repeatedly snubbed at her birthday party.
The newspaper has also agreed to apologise to Ms McLoughlin, who is the fiancé of England striker Wayne Rooney, and will pay her legal costs.
Ms McLoughlin's case arose when the Associated Newspapers' title printed an article headlined "No thanks, Coleen!", which alleged that a number of musicians she had invited to perform at the party had rejected her request.
It was also alleged that Ms McLoughlin had behaved arrogantly.
The retraction of the claims was printed in the newspaper on Saturday.
It said: "It was suggested that Coleen was snubbed by musicians who refused to play for her and by celebrity guests who regarded her as arrogant and that these snubs had reduced Coleen to tears," the Mail wrote in an apology it printed on Saturday.
"We now accept that there was no truth in the allegations made and that the party was always intended to be for her friends and family. We apologise for any embarrassment caused."
Ms McLoughlin is understood to be planning to donate the damages payment to charity.