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Kidman wins affair libel case

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LONDON, England -- Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman has accepted a public apology and "substantial" undisclosed damages over newspaper suggestions that she had an adulterous affair with fellow star Jude Law.

A High Court libel judge heard that the British newspaper Daily Mail had alleged she had Law, who was married with young children, to cheat on his wife, causing the breakdown of his marriage.

It was also suggested in the article on March 6 this year that her repeated denials of the affair were dishonest.

"The publication of this article has caused grave damage to the claimant's personal and professional reputation and she has suffered considerable embarrassment and distress," solicitor Gideon Benaim told Mr Justice Gray in the London hearing.

"Her embarrassment was particularly acute as the allegations coincided with the run-up to the Oscars award ceremony in Los Angeles in which she had been nominated for an award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role in The Hours."

Associated Newspapers, editor Paul Dacre and journalist Nicole Lampert Thursday freely accepted that the allegations were untrue and without foundation.

They apologized for the distress and embarrassment caused and agreed to pay legal costs as well as damages.

Kidman won the Oscar, as well as a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for the same role.

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