McCann Family Pals Win Libel Settlement

Tabloids hit with $650K judgment for 'wholly untrue' claims
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 17, 2008 10:02 AM CDT
In this March 2007 file photo, released by the McCann family on May 4, 2007, British girl Madeleine McCann is seen in Liverpool, England.    (AP Photo/McCann Family)
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(Newser) – A British tabloid company has paid some $650,000 in libel damages after printing false information about the friends who dined with Madeleine McCann’s parents on the night of the 3-year-old’s disappearance. The Express Newspapers chain apologized to the group and agreed that its claims were “wholly untrue,” the Guardian reports.

Both newspapers also printed apologies to the so-called tapas seven. “The defamatory stories written about us were not only extremely damaging on a personal level but we strongly feel were detrimental to the search for Madeleine,” said a member of the group. "Our only aim is to see her safely recovered and reunited with the family who so adore her."