The Sun has apologised and paid substantial damages to police firearms instructor Andy Wolstencroft and personal trainer and fitness instructor Jaime Hibbert.
Mr Wolstencroft, represented by Harvey Starte and Megan O’Boyle of Taylor Hampton, complained to News Group Newspapers (“NGN”) about defamation and misuse of private information in articles published in the Sun newspaper and on www.thesun.co.uk on 11 and 12 March 2018.
Ms Hibbert, also represented by Harvey Starte and Megan O’Boyle of Taylor Hampton, complained about misuse of private information and infringements of copyright in the same articles.
Both claims settled pre-action, with NGN publishing in today’s Sun and online a retraction of the defamatory allegations made against Mr Wolstencroft and an apology to him for any upset caused.
NGN also acknowledged that its articles and use of photographs of Mr Wolstencroft and his partner Ms Hibbert had wrongly intruded into Ms Hibbert’s private life and apologised for the distress and embarrassment caused.
The full apology can be found at the following link: https://www.thesun.co.uk/clarifications/9696134/andy-wolstencroft-jaime-hibbert-apology/.
About Taylor Hampton:
Taylor Hampton is a specialist defamation, privacy, phone hacking and internet litigation firm. Cases in which the firm has acted led to the closure of the News of the World and the establishment of the Leveson inquiry. The firm continues to be the forefront of the phone hacking litigation having acted in the landmark case of Gulati v News Group Newspapers which led to the highest awards to date of privacy damages at trial.
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