Sunday, December 18, 2005

Teri Hatcher Sweet Revenge

LONDON -- "Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher has accepted libel damages from a tabloid that claimed she regularly had sex with men in a van outside her home, her lawyer said Friday.

The Daily Sport, which published the story in July and again in August, agreed to pay "very substantial damages" and her legal costs, print a front-page apology and promised not to repeat the story, attorney Simon Smith said. The amount of damages was not disclosed.

David Hirst, representing the Daily Sport, said the tabloid admitted the articles were entirely false. "The defendant received the story from a source who it trusted, who in turn read the allegation elsewhere," Hirst said.

Hatcher, who was not in court, issued a statement saying she had "tolerated many ridiculous and fabricated lies and gossip in the tabloids" as something that "just comes with the territory of fame. But when a story appeared about me, insinuating that I am an irresponsible and neglectful parent, I had to draw the line."

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