A magazine threatened with legal action by Donald Tsang Yam-kuen over a libellous article has apologised and paid the Chief Secretary $120,000 in compensation. Eastweek published a full-page apology in its latest issue, on sale yesterday, saying it would 'unconditionally withdraw' the article concerning Mr Tsang's former chef. 'That article contained libellous contents against [Mr Tsang]. We admit the report was false . . . We sincerely apologise to [him] for causing him disturbance, embarrassment and inconvenience,' a statement said. The article, published on November 21, quoted Mr Tsang's former chef, Yu Yin-ping, and mentioned Mr Yu's intention to write a book on his days working in Mr Tsang's official residence in Wong Chuk Hang when he was financial secretary. Mr Tsang last month sent a letter through a lawyer demanding an apology from the magazine, his press secretary Cathy Chu Man-ling said. '[Mr Tsang] then had some direct dealings with the magazine, which had agreed to issue an apology and offer the compensation. He has already donated the money to the Community Chest. 'Everything went smoothly during the dealings and the Chief Secretary was satisfied.' Mr Tsang, who under Civil Service Regulations was entitled to legal assistance, paid his own legal expenses, Ms Chu said. Eastweek spokesman Terry Chan said yesterday: 'The problem has been settled.' Mr Yu began working for Mr Tsang as head chef in December 1999, but his contract was terminated in October last year. Last June, Mr Yu was awarded $40,250 in outstanding overtime pay by the Labour Tribunal. The magazine also ran a news story about Mr Tsang in the latest issue. The four-page article credited him with softening the Government's stance on the ban on right-of-abode children attending classes.