The PR Guru

October 7, 2010

Lily Allen awarded damages after press falsely print offensive comments

Looking back to our blog yesterday, about Hipp Organic printing false claims about their baby milk, we have found yet another PR story relating to false allegations being made.

The latest PR news is that famous singer Lily Allen has accepted damages at the High Court in London following claims that she made offensive remarks about the Beckhams, Ashley Cole and Cheryl Cole.

Rude comments were published in French football magazine ‘So Foot’ in May 2009 but it has taken until now for the matter to be resolved.

Allen’s solicitor, Mark Thomson, told Mr Justice Eady that the publishers now accept that she had not made the comments, although obviously it was very bad PR for her. She does, at least, now get to put that behind her and move on.

This is not the first time she has recieved damages relating to this incident though, She claimed £10,000 worth of damages from The Sun, when they reprinted the allegations. The paper issued an apology in a later edition. It seems that she is someone who is not afraid to stand up to any negative comments made against her.

‘So Foot’ has also agreed to pay damages and it is hoped that Lily Allen can get back some positive press from this.

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