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Complainant Name:
Ms Cheryl Cole

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Ms Cheryl Cole complained to the Press Complaints Commission through David Price Solicitors and Advocates that two March 2010 articles were inaccurate and misleading.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following apology in the newspaper in relation to one of the articles:

An article on March 3, ‘Is Cheryl about to take Ashley back?', reported that Cheryl Cole had agreed to attend counselling sessions following a series of phone calls and texts from her estranged husband Ashley. We accept that this was inaccurate and that she did not make the statements attributed to her. We apologise to Ms Cole for the misunderstanding and are happy to set the record straight.

A further apology appeared online relating to this article and an online-only article. The text of this was as follows:

An article on March 5 followed up a Sun report that Cheryl Cole was preparing to fly to France to enter into talks with her estranged husband Ashley following a series of text messages. We would like to make clear that she did not fly to France and that there were no texts. An article on March 3, ‘Is Cheryl about to take Ashley back?', reported that Cheryl Cole had agreed to attend counselling sessions following a series of phone calls and texts. We accept that this was inaccurate and that she did not make the statements attributed to her. We apologise to Ms Cole for the misunderstanding and are happy to set the record straight.

Date Published: 20/08/2010



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