Ruby Wax settles slander case

An Irish journalist reached an out of court settlement and received a full apology today following slanderous comments made by TV star Ruby Wax.

An Irish journalist reached an out of court settlement and received a full apology today following slanderous comments made by TV star Ruby Wax.

Broadcaster Patricia Danaher sued Wax after interviewing the entertainer at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, in June 2000.

At the end of the interview Wax asked Danaher, working as a freelance for UTV, what she thought of her latest show.

Ms Danaher admitted she preferred a previous series, at which point Wax claimed to be insulted and expelled the reporter and her camera crew from the premises while making abusive comments.

She also demanded that the interview not be broadcast and slanderous allegations were relayed to Ms Danaher’s employers at the Belfast-based TV station.

Dublin’s Civil Circuit Court heard today that an out of court settlement had been reached and that Wax and MCD, which organised her Irish tour, had apologised.

“The defendants apologise unreservedly for the comments made to senior UTV personnel in June 2000,” it read.

“They accept that Ms Danaher acted properly and professionally in every respect in both the course of the interview and thereafter.”

Ms Danaher had sued for maximum damages of £26,600 (€38,000).

She did not disclose details of the settlement but said she was pleased with the figure.

“I am very pleased it’s all over and sorry it’s dragged on this long,” she added.

“I am grateful the slanderous comments have been withdrawn.”

A UTV spokeswoman said the company did not comment on individual staff cases.

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