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Naomi Campbell Receives Libel Damages Over Elephant Polo Birthday Party Story

31/01/2013 11:01 GMT | Updated 31/01/2013 11:30 GMT

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has accepted undisclosed, "substantial" libel damages and a public apology at the High Court over a false story that she was planning to organise an elephant polo match for her partner's birthday in India.

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.

Ms Campbell, 42, was not present in court, but said in a statement: "There were never plans to hold an elephant polo tournament, so the allegations should not have been published.

"However, I am glad that the matter has been resolved and I accept the newspaper's apology."