British pop star Lily Allen has reportedly won her libel case against French sports magazine, So Foot.
The singer sued magazine bosses after they published an interview with her in 2009, in which she seemingly made derogatory comments about other celebrities such as Cheryl Cole and Victoria Beckham.
Allen filed the lawsuit claiming that the interview was fabricated and that attributing the quotes to her was distressing and extremely damaging to her reputation.
In the court case, it was revealed that not only did So Foot writers make up the ‘quotes’; the interview itself never actually happened. So Foot has reportedly agreed to pay the singer an undisclosed amount in damages.
A statement from the magazine’s representatives issued last week read:
“The second defendant (So Foot magazine) offers its sincere apologies to the claimant (Allen) for the damage, as well as the upset and embarrassment caused to her by the publication of the article,”
Allen also received £10,000 in damages from The Sun newspaper last year, after they repeated the claims made by So Foot. As a publisher of often controversial news and celebrity gossip stories, The Sun is likely to have professional indemnity insurance in place to cover the costs of libel claims.