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Thursday, 23 March, 2000, 00:58 GMT
Branson sues over lottery jibe
Branson
Sir Richard says his lottery would not promote Virgin
Sir Richard Branson has issued a libel writ after a writer attacked his bid to run the National Lottery.

The Virgin tycoon lodged the writ in the High Court against author Tom Bower in relation to an article published in London's Evening Standard newspaper in December.

Mr Branson's spokesman said the writ had been lodged because "the article contained statements which are not correct".

Sir Richard decided to sue after several failed attempts to gain an apology from Mr Bower who is writing an unauthorised biography on him.

The writ does not include the Evening Standard, which published a letter from Sir Richard within days of the article outlining his viewpoint.

'No promotion'

Sir Richard's spokesman added: "Richard is not going to own the Lottery.

"It is not going to be a private vehicle and is not something he is using to promote the Virgin name. It is something that he believes in. It is not a form of self-glorification.

"The writ has nothing to do with the book," he added.

Mr Bower told The Times: "If he wants to sue me he can. It's up to him."

Sir Richard has hired George Carman QC, the formidable barrister who successfully defended Harrods boss Mohamed al-Fayed in last year's libel case brought by former MP Neil Hamilton.

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