Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie and his girlfriend, Katie England, have won a libel case against the News of the World.
LONDON -- Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie and his girlfriend, Katie England, have won a libel case against the News of the World.
The Scottish rocker and England on July 29 accepted a public apology in London's High Court and undisclosed libel damages.
On Jan. 25, the Sunday newspaper -- part of the News Corp. stable of publications -- ran a story linking Gillespie romantically with supermodel Kate Moss.
Gillespie and England are longtime friends of Moss and are god-parents to her daughter. Their counsel, Gerrard Tyrrel, told Justice Eady that the article titled "It Moss be Love" erroneously indicated that Gillespie had split with England and was being comforted by Moss, and that he was "smitten" by the model.
A photograph used with the article gave the impression that the photographer had caught Gillespie and Moss alone and holding hands.
"In fact the photograph was of Bobby Gillespie and Katie England holding hands, with Kate Moss in the foreground," Tyrrel said.
Daniel Taylor, counsel for the News of the World, said the paper acknowledged that the allegations against the couple were wrong and apologized for the distress and injury caused by the article.
The News of the World has also agreed to pay them damages and their legal costs.
Primal Scream started their recording career in 1987. They were initially signed to Creation Records and are now with Sony Music.