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Sheryl Gascoigne in News of the World libel win

Sheryl Gascoigne
Sheryl Gascoigne was also awarded libel damages last October

Sheryl Gascoigne, former wife of Paul Gascoigne, has accepted libel damages over claims she lied about violence he inflicted on her during their marriage.

The News of the World featured Mr Gascoigne's reaction to her claims of violent and sexual assault last year.

At the High Court in London, it was accepted the article "You Lying Bitch" had suggested Ms Gascoigne had lied.

The paper gave an "unreserved apology", and Mr Justice Tugendhat awarded her an undisclosed five-figure sum.

The article was published in the News of the World on 11 October 2009.

It featured Mr Gascoigne's response to an interview given in the newspaper about her book, Stronger: My Life Surviving Gazza, the week before.

Paul Gascoigne
The article suggested she lied about Paul Gascoigne's treatment of her

Her solicitor, Roderick Chisholm-Batten, said: "The article suggested that Ms Gascoigne had lied in both her book and the interview by falsely claiming that Mr Gascoigne had forced himself on her sexually.

"It also suggested that she had lied in both her book and the interview by falsely claiming that she suffered repeated acts of violence at the hands of Mr Gascoigne."

Patrick Callaghan, solicitor for defendant News Group Newspapers, told the judge: "The defendant, through me, apologises to Ms Gascoigne and joins in the making of this statement to assist in setting the record straight."

Ms Gascoigne said: "I am just glad it is all over and that justice is done."

She accepted undisclosed libel damages at the High Court last October, over claims in the Daily Star that her financial demands had caused a relapse in his alcoholism.

Mr Gascoigne, who won 57 caps for England, became a millionaire overnight when he was transferred from Newcastle to Spurs in 1988.

The gifted midfielder retired in 2004 and his addiction to drugs and alcohol spiralled out of control.



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