Coronation Street actor Keith Duffy has been awarded £25,000 over a libel alleging he had been involved in a row with two soap co-stars.
Keith Duffy is "satisfied with this conclusive vindication"
However, the former Boyzone star has donated the substantial sum to charity.
The Daily Mirror admitted it had wrongly reported that the singer had been in a drunken brawl with two other Coronation Street actors in Belfast's Europa
Keith, who has an autistic daughter, has insisted the money should go to the charitable organisation he set up to assist autistic children.
The 29-year-old was awarded the money in an out-of-court settlement in the
High Court in Belfast on Friday.
The allegation was published in the Daily Mirror in September 2003.
A condition of the settlement is that an agreed apology is published in
Saturday's edition of the Daily Mirror.
The apology states: "We published an article wrongly reporting that Mr
Duffy was involved in a booze-fuelled row with two other Coronation Street
actors in the Europa Hotel.
"We fully accept that Mr Duffy was not involved in a row with his co-actors
and did not engage in any act of violence or near violence.
"As a mark of our regret, and at Mr Duffy's request, we have agreed to pay
a substantial sum to SPEAC, a charitable organisation set up by Mr Duffy to
assist autistic children."
A solicitor for Mr Duffy said: "My client is very satisfied with this conclusive vindication of his reputation, and even more importantly, with the benefit going to his nominated charity, SPEAC, arising from his donation of the £25,000 damages.
"Keith also hopes that others will take the lead from this donation and
provide their financial support for SPEAC, with its aim of establishing one of
the first schools for autistic children in Northern Ireland."