Associated Newspapers settles over Knightley anorexia claim

Schillings has scored a settlement for Hollywood star Keira Knightley over her libel claim against the Daily Mail over a story which suggested she was responsible for the death of an anorexic teenager.

Knightley accepted a £3,000 settlement from Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers.

In January, the Daily Mail published a photo of Knightley in a bikini with the headline: “If pictures like this one of Keira carried a health warning, my darling daughter might have lived.”

Acting for Associated, Kate Wilson of One Brick Court told a court yesterday (24 May) that the newspaper accepted that Knightley was not responsible for the death, and that she “does not have an eating disorder, and has not misled the public.”

Knightley, who was not in court, intends to match the settlement money and donate the £6,000 to Beat, an eating disorder and mental illness charity.

Schillings partner Simon Smith acted for Knightley.