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Morrissey May Be Allowed to Sue NME

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Mr. Justice Tugendhat, Britain's most senior libel judge, is in the process of deciding whether Morrissey has the grounds to pursue a lawsuit against NME. The former Smiths
singer is seeking to sue the magazine's publisher, IPC Media, and
former editor Conor McNicholas, over an interview published on November
28th, 2007, which he claims portrayed him as a racist and a xenophobe.

In
the interview, Morrissey was quoted as saying that "the gates of
England are flooded. The country's been thrown away... Although I don't
have anything against people from other countries, the higher influx
into England, the more the British identity disappears." The singer says
his reputation has been damaged ever since the interview was released.

Photos: Random Notes


If
Mr. Justice Tugendhat allows the case, it will be the first libel case
heard before a jury in the United Kingdom in over two years. Since libel
cases are often complex, expensive and quite long, British judges tend
to avoid them.

 

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