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Keira Knightley Wins Damages Over Anorexia Article

Posted by Melanie McKane on May 26, 2007 12:50 PM |

pirates photo Keira Knightley has been awarded $6,000 (£3,000) damages from a newspaper over an article which linked her to a girl’s death from anorexia.

The Daily Mail ran a photograph of Knightley on a beach in a bikini together with the headline "If pictures like this one of Keira carried a health warning, my darling daughter might have lived" in the article about 19-year-old Sophie Mazurek’s death from the eating disorder.

Keira’s solicitor said it was “deeply offensive” to imply the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actress had an eating disorder and was partly responsible for the teen’s death.

The damages Keira was awarded will be donated to Beat, an eating disorder charity. Keira will match the amount before giving it to charity.

Keira could not attend the settlement in London’s High Court as she was filming in Wales, but her mum playwright Sharman Macdonald, and partner, actor Rupert Friend, were present.

The star’s solicitor said she had, through her lawyers, offered her sincere sympathies to Sophie's mother and family.

"The defendant accepts that the claimant does not bear responsibility for Sophie's death, does not have an eating disorder, and has not misled the public," he added.



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