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  • 8 May 2014, 22:12

Russell Brand Wins Damages Over Cheat Story

Russell Brand has accepted substantial libel damages over a newspaper's claim he had cheated on girlfriend Jemima Khan.

News Group Newspapers (NGN) agreed to pay a large but undisclosed sum to the comedian at London's High Court.

The "exclusive" story, headlined Russell Cheated On His Jemima With Me, was published in the Sun On Sunday in November 2013.

It claimed Brand had had a four-month fling with model Sophie Coady.

Brand's solicitor, John Kelly, told Mr Justice Tugendhat the allegation was entirely without foundation and "distressing, hurtful and damaging".

The court heard Brand had written to the Sun On Sunday through his solicitors informing it the story was false.

But the paper refused to take the article off its website, or withdraw the allegations and publish an apology.

It now accepted the claims were "totally untrue and defamatory and... should never have been published."

As well as apologising, NGN had agreed to pay Brand his legal costs and damages, which he would put towards "what he considers to be diverse, just and decent causes.

Brand was not in court for the settlement of his action.

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