Kate Winslet Wins $40K in 'Body Image' Libel Suit

Daily Mail lied in saying she lied about exercise, self-acceptance

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 3, 2009 9:34 AM CST

(Newser) – Kate Winslet is serious about positive body image—and her crusade is aimed at more than just the impressionable young women of the world. The actress has won $40,000 from the Daily Mail, which reported in January that Winslet lied when she said she was taking a break from exercising during the awards season, People reports. "I strongly believe that women should be encouraged to accept themselves as they are, so to suggest that I was lying was an unacceptable accusation of hypocrisy," Winslet said in a statement.

“I felt that I had a responsibility to request an apology in order to demonstrate my commitment to the views that I have always expressed about body issues, including diet and exercise," says the 33-year-old mother of two.

In this Dec. 15, 2008, file photo, Kate Winslet poses at the premiere of Revolutionary Road in Los Angeles.
In this Dec. 15, 2008, file photo, Kate Winslet poses at the premiere of "Revolutionary Road" in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)
British actress Kate Winslet reacts during a press conference about her movie The Reader at the Berlinale  in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Feb. 6, 2009.
British actress Kate Winslet reacts during a press conference about her movie "The Reader" at the Berlinale in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Feb. 6, 2009.   (AP Photo/Marmus Schreiber)
Actress Kate Winslet poses at the US-Ireland Alliance pre-Academy Awards event in Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009.
Actress Kate Winslet poses at the US-Ireland Alliance pre-Academy Awards event in Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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