J.K. Rowling Wins Court Battle Over British Tabloid’s False Claims

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J.K. Rowling Wins Court Battle Over British Tabloid’s False Claims The Harry Potter author will be donating some of the substantial damages to charity J.K. Rowling has been “fullyvindicated and her reputation restored” after the British tabloid Daily Mail‘s apologized to the author in London’s high court. Rowling pursued a successful libel case against the Mail, saying

J.K. Rowling Wins Court Battle Over British Tabloid’s False Claims

The Harry Potter author will be donating some of the substantial damages to charity

J.K. Rowling has been “fullyvindicated and her reputation restored” after the British tabloid Daily Mail‘s apologized to the author in London’s high court.

Rowling pursued a successful libel case against the Mail, saying they gave a “false picture” of a September 2013 article she had written for Gingerbread, a U.K. charity that provides support to single parents. In her article, Rowling had described her experience as a single mother in Edinburgh when writing the first Harry Potter book.

The Mail published a story ten days later alleging that Rowling’s “sob story” contained false claims about her time as a single mother and being stigmatized by churchgoers in the 1990s.

In May 2014 the tabloid printed an apology and paid damages but challenged Rowling’s right to give a statement in Court. This was dismissed before a Thursday hearing during which lawyer Keith Schilling read out a two page statement on behalf of Rowling. He noted that Rowling “did not at any point criticise or complain about her treatment at the hands of fellow churchgoers.”

A judge was told that the Mail‘s publisher had now accepted the allegations were “completely false and indefensible”, published an apology and agreed to pay Rowling substantial damages.

Schilling said that the newspaper allegations left the author “understandably distressed” but she was now happy to bring the libel proceedings to a close. He added that Rowling is donating some of the damages to charity, with the rest contributing to her legal costs.

Find the definition of the following expressions, please.

sob story, allegation, libel, tabloid, vindicate, dismiss, judge, indefensible, apology, reputation

1.    a statement made without giving proof

2.    something that is hard or impossible to protect

3.    a story that is intended to make your cry or sympathetic with somebody

4.    a person who is in charge of a trial at court

5.    a formal or informal, written or oral way of saying you’re sorry

6.    when a judge stops the trial due to lack of evidence

7.    a piece of writing that contains false or bad information about a person

8.    a popular newspaper with lots of pictures, gossip columns and not so intelligent writing

9.    the opinion that people generally have about someone

10.  to prove that someone is not guilty or free from shame

Key:

1.    allegation

2.    indefensible

3.    sob story

4.    judge

5.    apology

6.    dismiss

7.    libel

8.    tabloid

9.    reputation

 

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10.  vindicate

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Vocabulary

court battle

jogi harc

tabloid

bulvárlap, szennylap

substantial damage

anyagi kár

to vindicate

tisztázni (személyt)

to restore sb’s reputation

helyreállítani valaki hírnevét

high court

legfelsőbb bíróság

to pursue sg

űzni valamit (célt)

libel

rágalmazás, becsületsértés

to allege

állít

sob story

könnyfakasztó történet valakiről vagy valamiről

false claim

hamis állítás

to be stigmatized

megbélyegezve lenni

churchgoer

templomba járó

apology

bocsánatkérés

statement

vallomás

to dismiss

elutasítani

on behalf of

valaki nevében

judge

bíró

allegation

állítás

indefensible

nem védhető, nem igazolható

to contribute to

hozzájárulni valamihez

legal costs

jogi költségek

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