An expensive pack of lies. Model Lucy Clarkson and News of the World have been forced to pay libel damages to Justin Timberlake after she admitted that he claims of an affiar with Timberlake were 'entirely untrue'. The claims caused Justin and girlfriend Cameron Diaz distress and embarrassment after the News of the World splashed Clarkson's claims under the headline "Bad news for Cameron as model reveals lover's secret fling"
Quite what Clarkson (who became known as a body double for Lara Croft in Tomb Raider) was thinking is anyone's guess but she'd obviously never heard of libel. She's agreed to pay out the money she received from the paper as damages, while News of the World will have to foot its own damages and legal bill over the story.
This case highlights the risks the press face when their sorces tell them lies. The lengths to which editors can or do check stories and sources varies but when it comes to libel, a check too few can result in a damages cheque too many.
Both Timberlake and Diaz have been the focus of much media attention lately and a string of false reports alleging they had been cheating on each other. Privacy issues aside, when people tell porky pies to the press then its fair play to celebrities who litigate over such libels. The problem is that the lies tend to get more exposure than the subsequent legal action correcting them.
Timberlake was represented by Simon Smith from Schillings who also acted for Diaz in her recent successful action against The Sun over claims she'd snogged a married man.
Diaz wins libel award HERE
Diaz wins case against photographer John Rutter HERE and HERE
The false allegations still appear in a news report on FemaleFirst.co.uk HERE
More Lucy Clarkson HERE