Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White has been paid undisclosed libel damages and his legal costs by the Evening Standard after the newspaper falsely alleged that he hit a restaurant manager on the head with a saucepan.
The paper printed an apology on July 27.
The original story, headlined “Ow! Marco wields saucepan”, which appeared in Londoner’s Diary on June 1, falsely alleged that the chef had hit George Perendes, manager of Luciano’s restaurant in central London, on the head with a saucepan.
The newspaper said: “We now accept that this was wrong and no such incident took place.
“We are happy to clarify this and apologise for any embarrassment caused and have agreed to pay Marco damages and his legal costs.”