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Complainant Name:
Simon Cowell

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Mail on Sunday


Simon Cowell complained to the Press Complaints Commission, via his representatives, that the newspaper had published inaccurate and intrusive claims regarding his, Lauren Silverman and her son's private Christmas holiday arrangements, in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant's representatives had engaged in direct correspondence with the publication prior to the PCC complaint but considered that it had not provided a satisfactory response.


The complaint was resolved after the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification and apology:

A diary item on November 16, 2013 said that Lauren Silverman would join Simon Cowell in Barbados for Christmas even though it would mean separation from her young son. We are happy to clarify that Ms Silverman enjoyed Christmas with her son, as had been planned, before joining Simon Cowell. We apologise for any upset caused to Mr Cowell and Ms Silverman.

Date Published: 12/03/2014

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