Former Miss Asia settles libel suit against tabloid

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 September, 2005, 12:00am

Actress Yang Kung-yu has settled a libel suit against a tabloid weekly for an undisclosed sum.

The plaintiff's counsel, Walker Sham, told the Court of First Instance Yang had accepted a substantial sum from the defendants, Sudden Weekly, and its reporter Lam Bik-yeung. In return, the publication did not have to acknowledge any wrongdoing.

Unlike in an out-of-court settlement, the publication had paid the court in November last year. The money has been passed on to the plaintiff.

Mr Sham said Yang believed the terms had vindicated her reputation and was content to let the matter rest.

Outside court, Law Ka-wai, a spokeswoman for Yang, said: 'This is not a settlement, but they have accepted most of our requests; we feel the judge has been very fair.'

Mr Sham told the court yesterday that the dispute centred on a cover story published on October 11, 2002, alleging falsehoods which caused embarrassment, anxiety and distress to the plaintiff.

Mr Shum said the incident reported never took place. Yang filed against Sudden Weekly after it refused to make public redress.