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Wednesday, 2 October, 2002, 15:20 GMT 16:20 UK
Archer settlement tops 2.5m
Lord Archer
Archer was jailed for four years for perjury
A High Court hearing has revealed that Jeffery Archer has paid back more than 2.5m to the Daily Star newspaper.

The newspaper had sought to regain the 500,000 Lord Archer was awarded in 1987 following a libel action against the Star.

But the former Conservative deputy chairman has had to pay back the record sum, plus 1.8m in further interest and costs taking the total bill to around 2.7m.

Monica Coghlan
Archer denied sleeping with Monica Coghlan

Express Newspapers, which refused to reveal the full amount until after the hearing on Wednesday, are said to be "satisfied" with the settlement - about a million pounds more than previously reported.

Lord Archer was awarded the money when he sued the newspaper for libel in 1987 for claiming he had paid 70 to sleep with prostitute Monica Coghlan and then given her 2,000 to stay silent.

The 62-year-old author admitted paying the 2,000, saying he had been a fool to do so, but denied paying any money for sex or having sex with her.

Perjury

But he was jailed in July 2001 for four years after a jury ruled that he had lied in the trial.

That prompted the newspaper to begin legal proceedings to recover the money.

A statement issued by Express Newspapers on Monday confirmed Lord Archer had settled his debt with the Daily Star.

It said: "Archer, now in Lincoln Jail serving a four-year sentence for perjury, has repaid the newspaper the original sum, plus the majority of the substantial legal recovery costs.

"The 1987 judgment against the Daily Star, and its then editor Lloyd Turner, has been set aside by the courts as it was obtained by fraud."

Faked diary

Mr Turner was sacked after the trial, and later died.

The payment to Express Newspapers follows a long round of legal discussions with representatives of the multi-millionaire author.

Lady Archer has not commented on the settlement but said she may make a statement on Wednesday.

Lord and Lady Archer
Lady Archer has stood by her husband

Last year, the Old Bailey was told Lord Archer used a faked diary to win the case against the Daily Star.

He asked his friend Ted Francis to provide an alibi to back up his case, although it was never needed in court.

Last week, Lord Archer was moved from his open prison after breaking its rules by attending a lunch party during a home visit.

He was taken to the closed Lincoln Prison from the North Sea Camp prison.

A senior prison warder then resigned after it emerged he broke rules by having lunch with Lord Archer during the peer's day release from jail.



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