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NME Apologises To Morrissey Over Racism Row
The NME has publicly apologised to singer Morrissey over a 2007 article the singer claimed accused him of racism.
The former Smiths frontman had been in the process of suing the music magazine over an item which he said deliberately twisted his comments on immigration.
It was due to go to trial next month after Morrissey won a pre-trial hearing at the High Court last October.
But the libel case has now been settled after NME and its publisher IPC issued an apology to the singer in this week's magazine and on its website.
It said: "We wish to make clear that we do not believe that he is a racist; we didn't think we were saying he was and we apologise to Morrissey if he or anyone else misunderstood our piece in that way.
"We never set out to upset Morrissey and we hope we can both get back to doing what we do best."
Morrissey was claiming damages over an article which had the headline: "Morrissey: Big mouth strikes again."
It featured a series of interviews the singer had given to the magazine.
A spokesperson for the NME said the matter had now been closed without any payment of damages or legal costs.
She added that the magazine was pleased it had "buried the hatchet with Morrissey".