[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated:  Tuesday, 18 March, 2003, 12:07 GMT
Roxette star sues newspaper
Marie Fredriksson
Fredriksson's tumour was discovered after she fainted
Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson has sued a Swedish tabloid after the newspaper claimed she was suffering from a second brain tumour.

The pop star had surgery in September last year to remove a tumour.

And in January the Swedish newspaper Expressen said doctors had found a second tumour.

In a letter to the newspaper, Fredriksson's lawyer, Leif Silbersky, had called the report untrue and sought an apology on the paper's front page.

The letter also called for a 500,000 kronor (37,000) payment.

Fredriksson would donate the money to the Swedish Cancer Society, Silbersky said.

The singer, 44, enjoyed chart success in the 1980s and 90s as part of the pop duo, alongside Per Gessle. Their hits included The Look, Must Have Been Love and Joyride.

The paper had earlier apologised and said its report had no basis, but had not offered Fredriksson any compensation.

Ulf Isaksson, a representative of the paper, said the paper rejected the singer's pay demands.

"This is not slander, as Fredriksson's defender has claimed," Isaksson said.

Tumour discovered

Fredriksson is recovering well "under the circumstances" from her surgery, her manager Marie Dimberg said.

She was diagnosed with the tumour after fainting and hitting her head on a sink at her home in Stockholm.

She suffered concussion in the fall, and the tumour was discovered when she was taken to hospital.

The group called off a 30-date European tour to support the release of a greatest hits album.

Tumour story angers Roxette star
19 Feb 03 |  Entertainment
Roxette star's surgery 'a success'
04 Oct 02 |  Entertainment
Roxette get king's honour
30 Jan 03 |  Entertainment
Roxette star has brain tumour
16 Sep 02 |  Entertainment
Brain tumours
07 Jun 99 |  Medical notes

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific