Top celebrity libel cases

Saturday, 24 May 2014 - 6:20am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Afters Hrs lists some stars who went to the courts to protect their reputation

Kiera Knightley – Back in 2007, the Daily Mail carried a story claiming Kiera Knightley had an eating disorder. The article carried a picture of the actress on the beach alongside that about a girl who had died of anorexia, thereby suggesting the Pride And Prejudice actress was partly responsible for the incident. She launched a case against the media house winning £3,000 in damages.


Cameron Diaz - Cameron won a libel lawsuit against The Sun newspaper that suggested she had had an affair with close friend Shane Nickerson. The Charlie's Angels star was involved with Justin Timberlake at the time and Shane was married, leading her to sue the paper for defamation. The paper later admitted: "Any suggestion of a romantic involvement is entirely untrue and without any substance whatsoever."

Robin Williams – Robin had a rather unusual case. He sued his celebrity look-alike who, with the help of an agent, was masquerading as the actor. They were accused of duping the public, the media and charities causing damage to the Mrs Doubtfire star's reputation. The star lookalike avoided having to pay any damages and was barred from imitating Williams "without expressly informing the defendant’s actual and potential audiences that he is not the real Robin Williams."

Sharon Stone – The actress filed a case when a plastic surgeon Renato Calabria told two major US magazines that Sharon Stone had received a facelift. The Basic Instinct star said that the accusations ruined her work opportunities. She sued the surgeon for damage to her reputation. Eventually the case was dropped as both parties reached a settlement.

David Beckham – The footballer tried to sue a US magazine for claims that he had had an affair with Irma Nici, 26, a former prostitute. In court papers, Beckham said he had been visiting his sick father in England at the time of the alleged affair. David, however, was unable to win the court ruling and his $25 million claim was dismissed by a US federal judge.

Russell Brand – Russell won substantial libel damages from the Sun newspaper over an article that claimed he cheated on girlfriend Jemima Khan. The story reported that the comedian was having an affair with model Sophie Coady. He won the unspecified damages — which are believed to be at least five figures.

Kate Winslet - Kate won a payout of about $40,000 from British newspaper Mail that said she lied about her exercise regime. The reporter disputed Winslet's claim that her "enviable muscle tone" was simply the result of doing Pilates workouts at home for 20 minutes every day. "I strongly believe that women should be encouraged to accept themselves as they are, so to suggest that I was lying was an unacceptable accusation of hypocrisy," the 33-year-old mother of two said in a statement.

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