Celebrities Who Sued Daily Mail And Won
The Daily Mail`s publication has sparked a whole new controversy regarding the Sharif family and an alleged corruption scandal. The mail`s story raises concerns regarding Shahbaz Sharif`s tenure back in 2010 where he was heading the Pakistani province of Punjab.
In an article titled, “Did the family of Pakistani politician who has become the poster boy for British overseas aid STEAL funds meant for earthquake victims, asks DAVID ROSE”, Rose argues for the proposition and quotes relevant stakeholders in the corruption saga. While Mr. Sharif tweeted on Sunday that he will be filing a lawsuit against Daily Mail for the story in question.
Have decided to file law suit against Daily Mail. The fabricated and misleading story was published at the behest of Imran Khan and Shahzad Akbar. We will also launch legal proceedings against them. Btw IK has yet to respond to three such cases I filed against him for defamation.
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 14, 2019
According to Sharif, the fabricated and misleading story was published at the behest of Imran Khan and Shehzad Akbar.
Lawsuits Against Daily Mail
Naya Daur looks into various other celebrities and renowned personalities that sued Daily Mail and won the legal battle.
- Elton John
It was back in 2006 when The Daily Mail agreed to pay Sir Elton John £100,000 in libel damages plus costs. The mail had claimed that the singer banned guests from talking to him at a charity fundraising event.
Sir Elton had denied The Mail`s story terming it as ‘ludicrous’ and sued the paper for libel damages. According to The Guardian, Sir Elton`s legal counsel claimed that the Mail promptly published an apology and did not seek to justify the allegations.
- Melania Trump
In April 2017, Melania Trump accepted the Mail`s apology and damages plus legal costs under $3 million in a libel case. The mail had published a story raising concerns regarding Trump`s professional modeling career.
In an agreed statement read out to Mr. Justice Nicol in court 14 of the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The statement said the article, published in a double-page spread and online last summer, included “false and defamatory claims about [Mrs. Trump] which questioned the nature of her work as a professional model and republished allegations that she provided services beyond simply modeling” as published by The Guardian.
The settlement with the First Lady of the United States was one of the highest every settlement by the mail.
- JK Rowling
In 2015, JK Rowling won a libel lawsuit against the mail over the Single Mother article. It began when Rowling originally wrote a story for her website, Gingerbread. In the story, Rowling described her life as a single mother and how it was her proudest of years.
The story alleged that the said piece Rowling wrote accused fellow churchgoers of “cruelly taunting” her. After the judge called the story “completely false and indefensible.” the article, titled, “How JK Rowling’s sob story about her past as a single mother has left the churchgoers who cared for her upset and bewildered” was removed from the Daily Mail website.
According to the BBC, the mail printed an apology to author JK Rowling and paid “substantial damages”.
- Noel Edmonds
According to the Press-Gazette, The Daily Mail issued an apology to Noel Edmonds for an article it published in March that claimed he had behaved unprofessionally and unreasonably over the course of his career.
Although Edmonds sued for three hundred thousand pounds, he received a cash settlement and an apology from the mail.
In an interview to the Press-Gazette, Edmonds referred to his legal row with the Mail. “Yes, and I am using the Mail because they have been going for me for ages. If Paul Dacre is found floating in the Thames, I am the No.1 suspect!
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