An article on 30 January 2009 compared Miss Winslet’s appearance with comments she made about having “stopped exercising”. We accept that Miss Winslet was not being duplicitous in making her comments or seeking to deliberately mislead about her exercise regime. We apologise for any distress caused.
Now the paper has coughed up £25,000 in libel damages on top of that apology. The original article, entitled Should Kate Winslet win an Oscar for the world's most irritating actress?, and was written by Liz Jones.
Elsewhere, the Guardian has apologised and paid damages to Steve Bunce following claims from Marina Hyde that he had used a website to get his sports show back on air after the collapse of TV channel Setanta.