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Jordan and Andre accept damages

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Model Katie Price makes a statement on the steps of the High Court

Model Katie Price and husband Peter Andre have accepted "substantial damages" over a News of the World article portraying them as bad parents.

The couple went to the High Court in London to accept the damages.

Ms Price, also known as Jordan, said outside court: "Anyone who has kids can imagine how they would feel to be accused publicly of being bad parents.

The newspaper has retracted all comments made in the article and substantial damages were awarded.

The article, published in February, centred on an interview with a former nanny of the couple.

The couple's solicitor, Mike Brookes, told the court the article was trailed as "Jordan exposed: Nanny reveals sex, rows, binges and what she's really like as a mum".

Charity pledge

Ms Price, wearing a white blouse and black trousers, told reporters: "Pete and I love our kids and would do anything for them."

Katie Price and Peter Andre arrive at the High Court
We believe the record has been set straight and our names have been cleared
Katie Price

She added: "We came here today to see that justice was done and that our names were cleared.

"Now that the paper has accepted the story wasn't true, apologised to us, and paid us damages and our costs, we believe the record has been set straight and our names have been cleared."

She would not reveal the amount of damages.

Ms Price, 30, and Mr Andre, 35, will give half of the sum to the NSPCC and the Vision Charity.

The other half will be put into a trust fund for children Junior, Princess Tiaami and Harvey.

The newspaper's solicitor, Joanna Workman, told the judge the paper accepted that the allegations were false and regretted that they had been published.

'Completely exonerated'

Mr Brookes, for the couple, told the court the article had portrayed them as "so reckless that they even endanger their children's health and welfare".

"One specific and particularly serious accusation made in the article related to an incident on New Year's Eve 2006 when Harvey scalded himself, and suggested that Mr Andre may have been to blame," he added.

The couple with children junior and Harvey
The couple have their own ITV2 fly-on-the-wall show

"It also alleged that the couple were subsequently ashamed to be interviewed by social services about the event."

He added: "What the article did not say was that the incident was simply an unfortunate accident".

Social services had "completely exonerated" the couple from "any blame - something which the article also omitted to mention", Mr Brookes said.

He said the article had also accused them of "neglecting Harvey's health by deliberately feeding him a diet of junk food".

He added: "Harvey's weight is as a result of his medical condition and Ms Price and Mr Andre have been diligent in ensuring that, to the extent possible, his diet is strictly controlled." Ms Price and Mr Andre met on jungle-based ITV1 reality show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2004.

They married in 2005 and have their own fly-on-the-wall ITV2 show, Katie and Peter: The Next Chapter.


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