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Ozzy Osbourne wins libel damages

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
The Osbournes teamed up to host the annual awards

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has accepted libel damages from the Daily Star over allegations he suffered a health scare which jeopardised the Brit Awards.

The star, who co-hosted the ceremony with wife Sharon and children Kelly and Jack in February, was not at London's High Court for the settlement.

The 59-year-old will donate the undisclosed award to his wife's colon cancer charity.

The article claimed Osbourne collapsed twice before the ceremony.

Electric buggy

The story - entitled Ozzy's freak show - also alleged the show's organisers went into emergency talks to decide whether he should be withdrawn at the last minute.

It implied that he was in such poor health that he was incapable of presenting the awards ceremony.

It also claimed the musician used an electric buggy to move around the set and had a place to sit in case he got tired.

Osbourne's lawyer John Kelly said the article had caused "considerable embarrassment and distress".

He added that the newspaper now accepted that Osbourne was fit enough to present the awards and had not suffered health problems.

Kate Wilson, representing Express Newspapers, apologised sincerely, accepting the allegations were untrue and never should have been published.

The Brit Awards show, hosted by the Osbournes, was watched by more than six million viewers.




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