Keira Knightley Wins Libel Settlement From UK Tabloid

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Keira Knightley has accepted a $6,000 settlement of her libel claim against a British tabloid over a story that suggested she was to blame for the death of an anorexic teenager.

The actress also said the story falsely suggested that she had an eating disorder.

Kate Wilson, representing the publisher of the Daily Mail, Associated Newspapers, told a court Thursday the newspaper accepted that Knightley was not responsible for a death, and that Knightley “does not have an eating disorder, and has not misled the public.”

In January, the Daily Mail published a photo of Knightley in a bikini with the headline: “If pictures like this one of Keira carried a health warning, my darling daughter might have lived.”

Knightley’s lawyer, Simon Smith, said the article could be interpreted to say that she was personally responsible for the death of Sophie Mazurek, 19, who had suffered from anorexia.

Knightley, who was not in court, intends to donate the settlement to Beat, an eating disorder and mental illness charity.

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