Supermodel Naomi Campbell wins libel case over elephant polo
LONDON (AP) - Supermodel Naomi Campbell accepted libel damages on Thursday from a British newspaper over a story that falsely claimed she was planning an elephant polo match in India for her partner's birthday.
The November article in the Daily Telegraph said Ms Campbell was going to organise the tournament in Jodhpur for partner Vladimir Doronin's 50th birthday. The article included criticisms from animal-welfare activists.
Ms Campbell's lawyer Gideon Benaim told a judge at London's High Court that the story was "simply false and the criticisms unfounded". He said the article was widely republished in the Indian press and elsewhere, including over the Internet, "attracting a storm of adverse publicity against Ms. Campbell".
Ms Julia Varley, lawyer for the Daily Telegraph's publisher, told the court the newspaper regretted running the article.