16 March 2012
Charlotte Church wins High Court libel battle
Charlotte Church looks set to receive substantial libel damages from a media group after winning an important stage of her claim in the High Court.
The singer took legal action against Mirror News Group after the organisation published a story headlined 'Marryoke - Charlotte proposes after pub karaoke session' in November 2011 in The People.
Within this piece, it was claimed that the 26-year-old star had popped the question to her boyfriend Jonathan Powell after a drunken night at a karaoke event in a pub and had embarrassed herself in doing so.
The newspaper subsequently admitted the story was false, but contested that the defamation allegation Church is suing it over is completely irrelevant to this fact.
However, Mr Justice Tugenhadt has ruled this is not the case, meaning the singer is now eligible to pursue compensation.
Her counsel David Sherbourne said: "As we all know - the story is nonsense. It is entirely untrue."
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Posted by Chris Stevenson