2009 May 08

Winslet sues newspaper for libel

Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet is suing the Daily Mail newspaper for £150,000 over an article which claimed she had lied about her fitness regime.

In papers filed at London’s High Court, the film star said she was “distressed and embarrassed” by the feature.

The 33-year-old added the claims injured her personal and professional reputation, and is seeking a ban on them being republished.

The paper has not agreed to a bar on their repetition, documents state.

In the story, headlined “Should Kate Winslet win an Oscar for the world’s most irritating actress?”, it was claimed that the star had underplayed the amount of exercise she needed to stay in shape.

The article disputed a quote given to Elle magazine, in which Winslet said: “I don’t go to the gym because I don’t have time, but I do Pilates workout DVDs for 20 minutes or more every day at home.”

In the court papers, Winslet says she was particularly upset by the very unpleasant and nasty way in which the article was written.

It is understood that the actress took exception because she is often identified as a role model for young women who accept the way they look.

In 2007, Winslet accepted an undisclosed settlement from Grazia magazine over allegations that she had visited a diet doctor.

The publication apologised and accepted that Winslet had visited a medic to be treated for a neck problem.

Earlier this year, the screen star won a host of awards – including the Oscar for best actress – for her role in The Reader.

SOURCE:  www..bbc.co.uk

4 Comments on “Winslet sues newspaper for libel”

  1. Whooo! go kate.
    I’ve been reading the daily mail online, and mostly all their articles about kate are so vicious.
    I have commented them stating they do this just as a retaliation to kate agreeing with marie claire of their mistreatment of her. – NO WONDER THEY DIDNT GET PAST MODERATORS

    Sue them for all they’ve got kate!

  2. The Daily Mail have done nothing but criticise Kate. Ever since she cried in that GG speech (and even before then) they’ve had it in for her. I’m really glad that she’s finally taking action against those damned journalists.

  3. why in the hell the Daily mail wrote that? I mean, she didnt do nothing bad to them..why did they treat her like that? it would be a shame that people believe that, hope not…

  4. Yasmin, you’re completely right! Is it wrong to cry? We’re all human, aren’t we..? I mean jesus, get a life you (stupid) journalist! :s

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