Little Britain Duo Wins Libel Battle

British comedians MATT LUCAS and DAVID WALLIAMS have accepted libel damages from a U.K. newspaper over a report alleging their TV show LITTLE BRITAIN USA had offended gay groups.
The comic duo was accused of upsetting "pink protest groups" in a story which appeared in tabloid publication the Daily Star Sunday in September (08).
But during a hearing at the High Court in London on Friday (19Dec08), judge Mr Justice Eady heard that the two organisations named in the article do not appear to exist.
Bosses at Express Newspapers, owners of the Daily Star Sunday, have agreed to pay the funnymen undisclosed damages, as well as legal costs, over the false allegations and agreed to print an apology.
The court was told the report had caused considerable distress to the funnymen, who have close ties to the gay community.
The pair's advocate, Rod Christie-Miller, says, "The article clearly suggested that Little Britain USA went beyond the scope of acceptable public viewing and that as a result gay and lesbian groups were calling for some sketches in the series to be banned and for the viewing public to boycott the series.
"The allegations have been particularly hurtful because Mr. Walliams and Mr. Lucas consider that they misrepresent their relationship with an important fan base - the gay community."
Little Britain USA, made for cable channel HBO, was filmed in the U.S. and broadcast earlier this year (08).


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