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Complainant Name:
Mr Matthew Holbrook

Clauses Noted: 1, 3

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Mr Matthew Holbrook, a model from London, complained that the newspaper had inaccurately alleged that he had been involved in a romantic relationship with the actress Patsy Kensit since January 2006. Mr Holbrook denied this central claim in the article, and the claims that he wanted to marry Ms Kensit, followed her around like a puppy dog, gave her a homemade card and told friends that she was ‘the most amazingly spiritual person I have ever met’. He also objected to the fact that the newspaper sought to approach his family.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper – which had a number of confidential sources for the article – annotated its records to reflect the complainant’s denials, noting that the complainant would like to be consulted in advance of the publication of stories relating to him. It also made clear that it was careful to abide by the terms of the Code regarding issues of privacy.

Report: 73



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