July 27, 2005
Supermodel Moss wins ‘cocaine coma’ libel case
LONDON (Reuters) - British supermodel Kate Moss won
substantial libel damages on Wednesday over a Sunday
newspaper's claims that she had collapsed in a cocaine-fueled
Moss's lawyer Gerald Tyrrell told London's High Court that
the model had accepted a public apology and a substantial but
undisclosed sum from the Sunday Mirror over its report from
January 23 this year.
The paper's article, headlined "Kate in Cocaine Coma" and
tagged a "showbiz exclusive," had made a number of serious and
defamatory allegations, he said.
The story had alleged that Moss, 31, had "collapsed into a
drug induced coma and had to be revived after taking vast
quantities of cocaine" in Barcelona in June 2001.
"These allegations are untrue," Tyrrell said.
The Sunday Mirror publishers now accepted that Moss had not
behaved in this way and accepted that the allegations were
false, he added.
The paper's lawyer Philip Conway told the court: "The
defendant apologizes to Miss Moss for the distress and
embarrassment they have caused her."