January 25, 2006

Supermodel Kate Moss to pen autobiography

LONDON (Reuters) - British supermodel Kate Moss, at the
center of a scandal last year after being filmed apparently
snorting cocaine, has agreed to publish her autobiography.

Will Whitehorn, a right-hand man of Virgin Group founder
Richard Branson, said Moss had agreed the terms of a deal with
Branson, although there was no indication of when the book
would appear on the shelves.

"Virgin Books will be publishing an autobiography,"
Whitehorn told Reuters on Wednesday. "But it is relatively
early days. We still need to proceed to a final contract."

Stories on the Internet have estimated the deal at being
worth between $1 million and $2 million.

"All the numbers that I've seen are wrong," Whitehorn said,
without elaborating on the terms. He added it was unlikely the
book would come out this year.

The autobiography would allow Moss to put her side of the
story of the drugs scandal, which broke in September when
Britain's Mirror tabloid newspaper printed photographs of her
apparently taking large quantities of cocaine.

The story prompted British fashion house Burberry and
Swedish-based Hennes and Mauritz to cut ties with one of the
most famous faces in fashion. France's Chanel also said they
would not renew a contract with Moss when it expired.

The 32-year-old, who has a three-year-old daughter, has
spent most of her time since the scandal in the United States,
although British police are urging her to return to the country
for questioning about the drug allegations.