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MailOnline pays libel damages to barrister for false death threat allegations

The MailOnline has agreed to pay libel damages and legal costs to barrister Barbara Hewson after repeating allegations made in The Times that she was responsible for making death threats to a law student.

An apology published in the MailOnline stated "An article published from 12 April 2017 reported allegations made in The Times that the barrister Barbara Hewson was responsible for sending anonymous threats to a law student, including death threats, persistent nuisance phone calls, sending him pictures of his address and his daughter, and details of his ex-partner's address.  The report of these allegations was repeated on social media.  However, we now accept these allegations were untrue, and have agreed not to repeat them, pay damages and apologise to Ms Hewson for any distress caused."


Barbara Hewson was represented by Brett Wilson LLP and William Bennett of 5RB.


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