Schillings fights Mail over Knightley anorexia articles

Media law firm Schillings sued the Daily Mail’s publisher for libel today (24 May) on behalf of Pirates of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley.

Partner Simon Smith issued the proceedings after Associated Newspapers published a photograph of Knightley wearing a bikini and relaxing on a beach on holiday without her consent.

The Daily Mail reported the death of a teenage girl who suffered from anorexia and contained an interview with the girl’s mother together with photos of Knightley, which Schillings will argue insinuate the Hollywood actress is anorexic.

In a statement the niche law firm said: “We wish to make clear that Ms Knightley has the deepest sympathy for the girl’s family.”

Knightley has publicly denied suggestions that she might be anorexic or have a similar eating disorder, including at a well-publicised press conference to mark the European premiere of Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest in London last summer.

In the proceedings, Schillings will argue that the Mail’s article suggests that she has dishonestly sought to mislead the public about whether she has an eating disorder and will show that she does not have anorexia.

The firm will also challenge the suggestion that she is responsible and to blame for the tragic death of the teenage girl by setting a bad example.

The case is expected to go to jury trial in the High Court later this year, if it does not settle earlier.

Associated Newspapers declined to comment.