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Peter Andre Defamation Victory

Written by Riyaz Jariwalla on 03 August 2009

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Peter Andre was awarded and undisclosed amount of money from The Sunday People (the Paper) further to an order given by the High Court.

The Paper had printed a story implying that Andre was mad "inappropriate advances toward a Jordan lookalike while still married". The court found that the Paper was liable for defamation and awarded Andre damages.

Andre made a statement after the order was given that "court's decision would bring these rumours and lies to an end and let me move on with my life'". He also said "This story has led to a lot of speculation about whether I was faithful to my estranged wife which even led her to mention it on a breakfast television program last week. I have never been unfaithful to my wife, not with this girl or with anyone else. I am pleased that the Sunday People have now accepted that their story was untrue and hurtful to myself."

Andre did make a final statement warning other newspapers that if they are to publish anything untrue about him, he would sue them without any hesitation.

N.B. A defamatory statement is one which tends to lower the claimant in the estimation of right-thinking members of society generally (Sim v Stretch [1936] 2 ALL ER 1237) and can be split into two areas: libel (this is recorded defamatory material) and slander (spoken). Andre was successfully in proving that the story printed by the Paper was not true and lead and was enough to lower the claimant in the estimation of right-thinking members of society generally.

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