The Body files writ against The Sun

In a case echoing model Naomi Campbell’s protracted dispute with the Daily Mirror, supermodel Elle MacPherson has filed a writ against The Sun.

She is sueing over a story headlined “Elle’s Hell – Model in rehab clinic”.

MacPherson has launched a fourpronged attack against the paper, claiming damages for libel, breach of confidence, invasion of privacy and breach of the Data Protection Act.

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The model, nicknamed “The Body”, is also seeking an injunction banning publisher News International from repeating the words, which she said were defamatory.

Under the Data Protection Act, MacPherson has asked for a court order to make The Sun destroy all inaccurate data about her in whatever form it is held. The invasion of privacy claim has been brought under the Human Rights Act 1998.

The Mirror was sued by Campbell after it revealed she was receiving treatment for drug addiction at Narcotics Anonymous. The High Court initially awarded her £3,500 for breach of confidence, but the Court of Appeal overturned the ruling.

A Sun spokesman said they had received MacPherson’s writ and would be responding in due course.

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