17 October 2008
Celebrity libel cases 'on the rise'
The number of libel cases being brought by celebrities in England and Wales is increasing, it has been suggested.
According to legal publishing firm Sweet & Maxwell, famous individuals accounted for one third of all libel actions brought across the two countries, the Independent reports.
The company states that the rise in celebrity libel claims in part reflects the growth in demand for news stories featuring well-known people.
It said: "Competition to deliver this coverage can lead to factual errors being made which then prompt defamation claims."
Among the stars to have brought libel cases in the UK recently are David Hasselhoff, Nicole Kidman, Kate Garraway and Russell Brand.
Another example is pop legend Elton John, who is involved in a legal battle with the Guardian over an article written by columnist Marina Hyde, the Press Gazette reported.
He is said to have accused the journalist of implying he has racist and uncaring attitudes.