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Complainant Name:
Holly Willoughby

Clauses Noted: 1, 3

Publication: Sunday Sport


Holly Willoughby complained to the Press Complaints Commission via Lewis Silkin solicitors that the newspaper had published inaccurate and intrusive material in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) and Clause 3 (Privacy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The Commission was informed that the complaint was resolved directly between the parties when the newspaper published on its front page the following apology:

We're sorry, Holly!

ON the front page of our Nov 11 edition we published a photograph which showed a rear view ‘up skirt' picture of a young woman stooping to get out of a minicab in which both her bottom and underwear were fully visible. The photo was accompanied by the headline : ‘HOLLY WILLOUGHBY UP THE SKIRT PHOTO SHOCK!'. The woman featured in the photo was portrayed as wearing a dress made of the same material as the one Holly wore while outside an awards ceremony and which we also published on out front page. Contrary to the clear impression that we give in the edition, no part of the ‘up skirt' photograph was of Holly Willoughby. It was an image of another woman which had been used to create the illusion that it was of Holly. We therefore apologise unreservedly to Holly for the embarrassment we have caused to her and her family.

Date Published: 02/01/2013

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