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Complainant Name:
Heather Mills

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Star

Complaint:

Heather Mills complained to the Press Complaints Commission through her representative, David Law, that a front page article was misleading because it suggested that she and her former husband, Sir Paul McCartney, were both to participate in the TV show, Dancing on Ice, thus ‘reigniting' the family feud. This was not the case. What was true (as the newspaper explained in an article on page 7) was that she and a second cousin of Sir Paul McCartney, Emily Atack, were to participate in the show. However, the page 7 article was also inaccurate because it claimed that there was enmity between her and Ms Atack. This was untrue, as both she and Ms Atack subsequently attested.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following apology, under the headline ‘Heather Mills', on page 2. It also removed the original story from its website.

"Our December 23 page one headline ‘Macca versus Mucca on Ice' may have been taken to mean that Heather was to compete against her former husband Sir Paul McCartney in television's ‘Dancing on Ice' so reigniting the family feud. As the article stated it is Sir Paul's second cousin Emily Atack who is a competitor. In fact she and Heather Mills are on very good terms. We apologise for this misleading article and any distress we may have caused."

Date Published: 26/02/2010



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