Thursday, May 24, 2007

Keira Knightley Wins Libel Suit Against UK Paper The Daily Mail


British actress Keira Knightley, star of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film trilogy, won 3,000 pounds ($5,965) in libel damages on Thursday over a newspaper slur that she was excessively thin.

The Daily Mail had run a story with a picture of her in a bikini, headlined: “If Pictures Like This One of Keira Carried a Health Warning, My Darling Daughter Might Have Lived”.

“The article could be interpreted to have asserted that the claimant bore personal responsibility for causing the tragic death of Sophie Mazurek, a 19-year-old, who battled with anorexia,” Knightley’s lawyer Simon Smith told the High Court.

The 22-year-old actress had been embarrassed by the “entirely false” and “deeply offensive” suggestions.