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Complainant Name:
Mr Stephen Nutt

Clauses Noted: 1, 3

Publication: The Sun


Mr Stephen Nutt complained that the newspaper had published photographs of him taken from his Facebook page, and wrongly suggested that they showed him smoking cannabis. He was concerned that the story was published merely due to the position of his father, Professor David Nutt (the former Government drugs advisor).


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper removed the article from the website, undertook not to repeat the story and published the following letter:

FURTHER to your article about photographs of me on my Facebook site, (November 14) I would like to make clear the pictures were not posted by me and while I had been drinking I was smoking a rolled-up cigarette which did not contain cannabis as the article insinuated. My younger sister Lydia was not intoxicated, so was not drinking under age. My older brother lives in Sweden where it is custom to use a sauna followed by a ‘romp' in the snow in winter. He was neither drunk nor under the influence of intoxicants. Innocuous photographs were taken out of context in an attempt to discredit my father's work.

Report: 80

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