25 February 2008
Will Smith wins libel case
American actor Will Smith has won a libel case against a news agency after it reported that he stated Adolf Hitler was a "good person".
World Entertainment News Network (WENN) published the article, which was based on an interview given by Smith to Scottish newspaper the Daily Record, in December.
Smith was angered by quotes attributed to him that defended the actions of the former Nazi leader.
WENN has agreed to pay undisclosed damages as well as Smith's legal costs. It also issued a public apology over the article.
The hearing, at which Smith was not present, took place in London's high court. Reportedly, the actor intends to donate the money awarded to him to charity.
Born in Philadelphia in 1968, Smith has enjoyed an illustrious career as a singer and film star. Recently he has featured in the movies Hitch, the Pursuit of Happiness and I Am Legend, among others.