Compensation on the grounds of libel has been awarded by two separate media outlets to the brother of Cheryl Cole.
Garry Tweedy launched legal action against the Daily Star and Heat magazine after they published articles earlier this year suggesting he is a convicted criminal.
During a case heard at London's High Court, it was stated that an April 2011 story in Heat entitled 'Cheryl's family from Hell' and a Daily Star piece with the headline 'Cheryl in Peril' inferred Mr Tweedy had been found guilty of a crime and spent time in prison.
However, it emerged these articles had been written based on information listed on a hoax profile on the social networking site Facebook.
The legal representative acting on behalf of Mr Tweedy - whose sister left the judging panel on X Factor USA earlier this year - stated his client had "never been charged or convicted of any criminal offence".
As a result, the two publications have now agreed to pay him damages for the distress caused by these pieces.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas