Supermodel wins jumbo damages claim

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Supermodel Naomi Campbell accepted “substantial” libel damages at the High Court yesterday over a false story that she was planning to organise an elephant polo match in India for her partner’s birthday.

Her lawyer, Gideon Benaim, told a judge in London that the article in the Daily Telegraph last November reported “detailed criticisms made of these plans by the animal rights group Peta, who were said to have launched a personal attack on Ms Campbell for promoting animal cruelty”.

Mr Benaim told Mr Justice Eady that the story was “simply false and the criticisms unfounded” – there were never any plans for an elephant polo tournament at the 50th birthday celebrations in Jodhpur.

Campbell, 42, was not present in court but said: “ I accept the apology.”