16 December 2008
Hartnett secures payout in libel case
Hollywood star Josh Hartnett has accepted a payout after successfully claiming libel against the Daily Mirror, it has been revealed.
The actor, who has had roles in various films - including Black Hawk Down, Pearl Habour, 40 Days and 40 Nights and Sin City - took legal action over a story featured in the publication which alleged that he had been caught on CCTV having sexual relations with a mystery lady at a hotel in London.
In the article, it was also suggested that the hotel had asked him to "take his personal business elsewhere in the future".
According to Hartnett's legal team, the incident never happened.
During a recent hearing at the high court in London, it was ruled that the story had been false and the Daily Mirror issued a public apology.
Hartnett was also awarded £20,000, which will be donated to charity, as well as recouping his legal costs.