Kate Winslet Wins $40,000 in Libel Suit

The Daily Mail pays her damages and legal fees for claiming she lied about her fitness regime

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Academy Award winner Kate Winslet said Tuesday she was “delighted” to win a payout of about $40,000 from a British newspaper that said she lied about her exercise regime.

“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,” the 33-year-old mother of two said in a statement. In January, Winslet told reporters she was going “easy” on herself and not exercising at all during the hectic awards season.

She has frequently stated women should be proud to accept how they look, so when the Daily Mail ran the report, which her lawyers claimed was “misleading the public,” she had to act.

“I am delighted that the Mail have apologized for making false allegations about me,” Winslet said in the statement. “I was particularly upset to be accused of lying about my exercise regime, and 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.”

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