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Morrissey accepts 'bar ban' payout

Neil Morrissey has accepted substantial undisclosed damages over a claim that he was banned from a French bar over "le binge drinking".

Neil, 49, best known for his TV roles in Men Behaving Badly and Waterloo Road, was not at London's High Court for the settlement of his libel action against Associated Newspapers. But he issued a statement which said he was "very pleased" with the outcome.

His solicitor, Peter Crawford, told Judge Richard Parkes QC that two articles in the Daily Mail last March alleged that Neil was banned from the bar near his French retreat because of his rowdy, drunken behaviour.

They said that a poster of the actor, bearing the words "Do not serve this man", had gone up because of this behaviour.

"Those assertions were not true. Most significantly, Mr Morrissey had not been banned from the bar, nor had he been drunken or rowdy in the bar."

Mr Crawford added that the newspaper published a correction and apology in October and made an offer of substantial compensation the following month.

In his statement, Neil said he had taken further action because he felt the apology didn't go far enough.

He said: "It proved impossible to agree the wording of a suitable retraction and apology but the Mail published its own tiny version of an apology which bore no relation at all to the eye-catching space given to the original article.

"My solicitor read a statement in court today in the hope that the Mail's apology would reach more of its readers."

The actor has accepted the offer of compensation made in November, according to his solicitor. "In these circumstances, and this statement having been made in court, Mr Morrissey considers that he has been fully vindicated and he is happy to bring these proceedings to a close."

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