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Holly Willoughby wins damages, apology over fake 'up-skirt' photo

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Holly Willoughby has received damages and an apology from the Sunday Sport after the tabloid published a fake 'up-the-skirt' image supposedly of her.

The TV presenter said that she was "outraged" to discover a picture in the paper on November 11 that showed a young woman getting out of a taxi with her bottom and underwear visible.

Holly Willougby
The Princes' Trust Comedy Gala at Royal Albert Hall
London, England- 28.11.12
Credit: (Mandatory): WENN.com

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The woman wore a dress that was made of similar material to one worn by Willoughby to an awards ceremony, with a picture of this also printed on the Sunday Sport front page.

Willoughby's lawyers had complained to the Press Complaints Commission and accused the paper of "shoddy journalism" over the picture.

But the TV star has agreed to drop her legal threat as long as the paper printed a front-page apology over the picture, and paid a four-figure sum to charity in lieu of damages.

The Sunday Sport ran the apology on November 25, stating that "contrary to the clear impression that we give in the edition, no part of the 'up-skirt' photograph was of Holly Willoughby".

Sunday Sport prints an apology to Holly Willoughby over fake 'up-skirt' photo


The paper admitted to using the photo to "create the illusion it was Holly".

In a statement on Tuesday, Willoughby told reporters: "I am delighted that the Sunday Sport has on its front page informed its readers that they were misled about the 'up-skirt' picture they published which the paper said was of me, and made a fulsome apology.

"The Sunday Sport also paid me damages along with my legal fees. I am donating my damages to the wonderful charity of which I'm a patron, Together for Short Lives, which at least means that something good has come out of this unpleasant episode."

In her complaint to the PCC, Willoughby also noted that the Sunday Sport had previously superimposed a picture of her face on someone else's naked body, and used such tactics on other female stars.

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