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'James Bond' producer Barbara Broccoli gets libel damages


June 16, 2011 - London

'James Bond' producer Barbara Broccoli has been awarded undisclosed libel damages from newspapers that claimed that she had improperly awarded grant to First Light, a charity she chairs.

According to articles in the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday, the 50-year-old used her role as a board member of the UK Film Council, to award herself or her company a sum of public money.

However, the High Court was told that the articles were "deeply upsetting" and had been harmful to her reputation.

Her solicitor Michael Skrein said that their publisher, Associated Newspapers, had now accepted that she "did not award herself or her own company any grant [and had] not misused any public funds".

He added that Broccoli accepted neither remuneration nor expenses from First Light and donated to it herself.

In a statement, Broccoli said that it had been "very important" for her to get a correction and a published apology and that the damages would be passed to First Light.

"I am very committed to my work with the charity... and am delighted that all of these damages will assist in funding film-making projects for kids from all backgrounds across the country," the BBC quoted her as saying.

ANI

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