Contostavlos and another v News Group Newspapers Ltd

Libel and slander – Fair comment. The first claimant well-known singer and television personality, and the second defendant professional footballer issued defamation proceedings against the defendant for an article published in its newspaper and on its website. The newspaper sought a determination that the words complained of were not capable of bearing the meaning attributed to them by the claimants. The Queen's Bench Division held that the two meanings pleaded by the first claimant were in fact one, which was defamatory and a statement of fact. The words complained of, in so far as they referred to the second claimant, bore a meaning which was substantially that which he attributed to them.

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