Barry George accepts libel damages

Barry George, who was cleared of murdering TV presenter Jill Dando, accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages today over claims that he had pestered women he was obsessed with.

Mr George, who was acquitted of the crime after a retrial in August last year, was at London’s High Court with his sister Michelle Diskin, who led the campaign to prove his innocence after his 2001 conviction, for the brief hearing before Mr Justice Eady.

He said afterwards: “I am pleased that the matter between myself and News Group Newspapers has been amicably settled following a successful mediation without the need for litigation.”

His counsel, Gordon Bishop, told the court that Mr George had brought the action over a number of articles in The Sun and the News of the World between August and November last year.

He said that News Group had withdrawn the “false allegations” and apologised for making them.

It had agreed to pay him substantial damages and all his legal costs.

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