Zoo forced to apologise over Koo Stark porn jibe

Media law firm Carter-Ruck won actress Koo Stark an apology she sought from Zoo magazine after it published an article alleging that she had been a porn star.

Anthony Noguera, the editor of the ‘lads’ mag’, apologised to Stark in print and agreed to pay the actress-turned-photographer a substantial sum in damages together with her legal costs.

The allegations against Stark were made in an article published on 26 May last year entitled ‘Revealed: amazing unseen Star Wars footage!’.

The article in which the magazine made the comment that Stark was a porn star purported to reveal footage of deleted scenes from the original Star Wars film, including footage of Stark in the role of Camie.

Carter-Ruck argued successfully that the comment was wholly unsubstantiated.

Noguera, in his published apology, said: “We’ve been asked by Ms Stark’s solicitors to correct our reference to her as a ‘porn star’. We’re happy to point out that, although she appeared in films that have been described as ‘erotic’ in nature, this is the limit of her involvement in the genre.

“We apologise to Ms Stark for the distress and embarrassment caused by our article.”

Wiggin partner Caroline Kean acted for Noguera and Emap Consumer Media, Zoo’s parent company.