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Pilot wins damages from newspaper over 'date rape' libel case

Pilot wins damages from newspaper over 'date rape' libel case
A British Airways pilot has been awarded "substantial damages" from a newspaper after the publication printed allegations that he had given two stewardesses a date-rape drug.

Tony Pollock had sued over an article which appeared in the Daily Mail in August 2006.

The newspaper had claimed that the 50-year-old was being investigated over claims he had given the drug to the women during a stop-over in Los Angeles.

In fact, a court hearing has heard, the females had claimed that he had failed in his duty of care towards them in the aftermath of an incident in which they had become unwell.

Associated Newspapers - which is the management company for five newspapers, including the Daily Mail and the Irish Mail - has now agreed to pay compensation to Mr Pollock and stated that it will issue an apology in the near future.