Page last updated at 11:50 GMT, Friday, 19 March 2010

Katie Price pays slander damages to former manager

Peter Andre and Katie Price
Model Katie Price and singer Peter Andre divorced last year

Katie Price is to pay "substantial" slander damages to her former manager over a claim she had an affair with Price's ex-husband, Peter Andre.

The damages relate to a comment made on The Graham Norton Show last October in which Price said Claire Powell had had an affair with Andre, also a client.

The allegation was not broadcast but was later reported in the tabloids.

Powell's solicitor said the accusation was "very damaging and distressing" as well as being "completely untrue".

"Quite apart from the obvious attack on her professionalism, the claim was particularly upsetting and deeply embarrassing," Mike Brookes said at London's High Court on Friday.

Compensation

He said that Price, who was not in court, had apologised unreservedly and agreed to pay substantial compensation and Ms Powell's legal fees.

Outside court, Ms Powell - whose company Can Associates Limited still represents Andre - said she was "glad" the matter had been resolved.

"I didn't really want to be in court but if something bad is said, which is going to trash your reputation, you have to clear your name," she told reporters.

Price made her allegation - edited out before transmission - in front of Norton, fellow guests Jackie Collins and Jo Brand and a studio audience of around 600.

Her solicitor said the glamour model - who has since remarried - "greatly regrets what has happened".



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