Man U ace begged me for sex at 5am (even though he's dating Page 3 Emily)
Footie rising star Tom Cleverley begged a girl for sex after taking her to a B&B - despite dating a Page 3 beauty.
The Sun, 5 October 2011:
Tom Cleverley - apology
An article on 16 August reported that Manchester United footballer Tom Cleverley had begged a girl for sex after meeting her at a night club, even though he was dating a Page 3 model. In fact, entirely unknown to the girl it now transpires that the man involved, who looked like Tom Cleverley, was impersonating him. We apologise to Mr Cleverley for any embarrassment caused.
Along with the apology, the Sun has agreed to pay 'a substantial sum in damages'. The Guardian reports:
According to [a] statement...read by David Price QC, acting on behalf of Cleverley...the article alleged that Cleverley "had met a girl in a Blackpool nightclub and bombarded her with text messages offering her sex"...
"Most seriously, the article then alleged that he repeatedly badgered her for sex, despite her saying no"...
The lawyer added that Cleverley had never met the girl involved and on the night of the alleged incident he was at home with his girlfriend in Manchester...
It is understood that the Sun did not contact Cleverley before publishing the story.
This is the third time this year that a Sun 'story' about the late-night antics of a footballer has resulted in a clarification and apology.
(Hat-tip to Patrick Casey)