11 December 2009
Man wins libel claims over newspaper article
A man has been successful in his claims of libel against a publication which accused him of attacking model and reality television personality Sophie Anderton.
In July this year, the Sunday Mirror published a story entitled "Sophie's beaten up", which suggested that property development consultant Ed Buxton was responsible for the attack.
The article said that the alleged assault had "totally ruined" her face and would almost certainly wreck her career.
In a new development, the Sunday Mirror - which is owned by Trinity Mirror and is one of the group's five national newspapers - accepted the story was untrue and had caused distress and embarrassment to Mr Buxton.
It agreed to pay him damages and to cover his legal costs, as well as offering an apology.
A legal representative acting on behalf of the paper said: "The defendant acknowledges that this false and defamatory allegation should never have been published."