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Complainant Name:
Dr Brooke Magnanti

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Times


Dr Brooke Magnanti, who is also known as Belle de Jour, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published misleading information in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant considered the assertion that she was a "suspected fantasist" incorrectly implied she had never been a sex worker. She said that this inaccurate claim reflected an allegation made by an ex-boyfriend in the press that she had not been a sex worker. She strongly denied this allegation, and pointed out that there was publicly available information to demonstrate she had indeed been a sex worker.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the alteration of the online article to read that the complainant "has been accused of being a fantasist".

Date Published: 07/03/2014

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