Kate Winslet Libel Lawsuit

Did She Lie About Her Personal Regime for Publicity? No! Back in 2009, actress Kate Winslet won the case for the lawsuit she filed the previous year against London’s “Daily Mail” newspaper. Ms. Winslet was represented by Schillings London law firm.  

“In order to protect her reputation and defend her own integrity surrounding body/weight issues Miss Winslet took legal action by issuing libel proceedings against Associated Newspapers, the publishers of the Daily Mail” (Click Press).Winslet sued the Daily Mail newspaper for falsely accusing her of lying about her daily exercise regimen.

According to US Weekly magazine, “In May, the Oscar winner filed legal papers in response to a January article entitled “Should Kate Winslet win an Oscar for the world’s most irritating actress?” which she said “hurt and embarrassed” her” (US Weekly). “The piece — which also featured naked photos of the star — took aim at a quote Winslet had given to Elle magazine, in which she described her workouts: “I don’t go to the gym because I don’t have time, but I do Pilates workout DVDs for 20 minutes or more every day at home” (US Weekly).

Ms. Winslet reported to be embarrassed and distressed by the report, also allegedly suggesting that it harmed her professional and personal reputations. “The offending article, headlined “Should Kate Winslet win an Oscar for the world’s most irritating actress?” was printed in January” (BBC News). The article was also accompanied by various naked photos of Winslet from earlier movies.

This was an appalling occurrence, because Winslet had also won an Oscar the same year for “The Reader”. One of the main reason’s Winslet went along with the lawsuit is because she said the published article was “misleading to the public”.

Kate Winslet was not present for the hearing, however, the judge ruled in Winslet favor, awarding her about twenty-five thousand British pounds, which converts to about forty-thousand American dollars. The Daily Mail newspaper agreed to pay Ms. Winslet court costs, damages, and to publish an apology.  

News media could begin to face implications on other articles and statements published about celebrities as it pertains to media laws. This causes reporters to be mindful about their perception of a particular issue and what they write based on their interviewing and research.

I feel that the courts did the right thing in awarding Kate Winslet for the false accusation published in the article. The media needs to stay aware of celebrity’s personal opinions, feelings, and aspects of their daily lives, in the event they do not, they should be some type of consequences.

Kate Winslet wins libel case against Daily Mail

By pierjacobsen

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