15 June 2012
Morrissey accepts apology from NME after libel claim
Morrissey's legal claim on the grounds of libel against music magazine the NME has been concluded after the singer accepted an apology from the media organisation.
The former Smiths frontman began proceedings against the magazine after it published an article in December, which he felt suggested he held racist beliefs.
Morrissey claimed the piece - entitled 'Morrissey: Big mouth strikes again' - deliberately twisted comments he had made about immigration issues in order to make him look prejudiced and "reactionary".
A pre-trial hearing at the High Court in London last October ruled that the star was entitled to seek damages from the NME and the case was scheduled to be heard next month.
However, the magazine has now issued a formal apology to Morrissey, stating: "We wish to make clear that we do not believe that he is a racist."
The artist's legal representative said he is "pleased" the NME had said sorry and insisted he has no plans to pursue financial damages.
"The NME apology in itself is settlement enough and it closes the case," they added.
Contact our media, libel and privacy solicitors on 0800 916 9081 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like advice on any media, libel and privacy matter
Posted by Francesca Witney