Thursday, July 22, 2010

Brangelina Settle Privacy Claim Against Murdoch London Tabloid

Angelina Jolie Salt - 00047Image by Daniel Semper via Flickr
On the day that her action flick Salt debuts, 35-year-old actress Angelina Jolie and her hunky companion Brad Pitt, 46, settled their prviacy suit against News Corp.-owned  London tabloid News of the World, pouring salt in Rupert Murdoch's wound.

The undisclosed settlement amount and court costs, which the Hollywood couple will donate to their charitable foundation, resolves a suit filed in the London High Court after the tabloid published two articles in January 2010, one of which appeared on the front page, alleging attorneys for Brangelina, who aren't married, were assisting the purportedly separating actors in deciding how to divide their $313 million marital assets and work out custody of  six children, three of whom they adopted together.

The suit, which was prompted by the tabloid's failure to apologize to Jolie & Pitt and retract the story, ended with the newspaper conceding the stories were false and agreeing to pay damages.  Under English libel law, unlike its U.S. counterpart, the media defendant carries the burden of proving the truth of what it published and the plaintiff need not prove it was damaged by the allegedly false statements.

The crack staff of "TUOL" admits the case is not precedent-setting, but couldn't otherwise justify running the above photo.

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