Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Heather Mills McCartney To Proceed With Defamation Suit

Heather Mills McCartney has decided to file suit against News of the World, alleging defamation over the paper's publication of 1988 photographs, and an accompanying article. Mills says the photos were from a "lover's manual". She also called statements in the paper that she had had sex for money before her marriage "untrue and highly defamatory." The paper labels the pictures as "obscene and pornographic." The estranged wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney will delay the proceeding until her divorce is finalized. Read more here. Read her attorneys' statement here. Some commentators say that many of the stories surfacing now about Mills McCartney are not new; they are simply being given new life now that she and her husband have separated and interest in the couple has suddenly increased. Read more here. Mills McCartney won damages from the Sunday Mirror in 2002 after it agreed that a story it printed that she was being investigated for fraud over money she had raised for charity was false. Read more here.

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