Schillings Announce Libel Claim Win For Michael Essien Against
on: November 3, 2009, 6:48 am
Chelsea premiership footballer Michael Essien, represented by
London law firm Schillings, has won his libel claim against the
proceedings were issued against MGN Limited, the publisher of
the People newspaper, following the publication of two articles.
The first article, published on 25 May 2008, carried the headline
"Chelsea Cheat Michael Essien: I'll Stand by my Love Child".
This was followed by another article on 3 May 2009 under the headline
"Sex Cheat Star Essien Gets Boot".
articles claimed that Mr Essien had cheated on his long term partner
by having numerous affairs with other women and fathered a child
behind his partner's back. As a result, his partner had called
off their wedding. These allegations were found to be false and
grossly defamatory towards Mr Essien.
People has accepted that these allegations are untrue, and has
paid Mr Essien substantial damages as well as agreeing to pay
his legal costs. The People have also undertaken not to repeat
its apology, the People said: "On 25 May 2008 and 3 May 2009
we reported that Michael Essien had cheated on his long term girlfriend
Nadia Buari by having numerous affairs behind her back including
one in which he fathered a child. On 3 May we reported that as
a result of his behaviour Ms Buari called their wedding off. We
now accept that these allegations are untrue. We apologise to
Mr Essien for any distress or embarrassment caused."
representative of Schillings
who represented Michael Essien said: "There has been a lot
of inaccurate reporting concerning Michael and he was not prepared
to allow this misreporting to continue."
also said that, "these allegations were not put to Michael
or his representatives prior to publication and had the People
done so they would have been informed of their utter falsity."
McAteer of The Sports PR Company said on behalf of Michael Essien:
"Michael is delighted to have won his case and to have set
the record straight. He would have preferred not to take action,
but had no alternative in this case. Michael is pleased that this
matter has now been resolved."
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