'NME' apologies to Morrissey over article with 'racism slur'


Music magazine NME has apologised to Morrissey for a 2007 article which the former Smiths frontman complained suggested he was a racist.

Morrissey (53) sued the publication for a story titled “Morrissey: Big Mouth Strikes Again” in which he discussed the issue of immigration in Britain.

The case had been due to go to court after the singer won a pre-trial hearing at the High Court in October where NME had sought to strike out his claim on the grounds of delay.

“NME is pleased that it has buried the hatchet with Morrissey in respect of the libel case he brought against us in 2007,” a statement from the journal said. The publication added that the settlement did not involve payment of damages or legal costs to the singer.

Morrissey’s lawyer, John Reid, of Russells Solicitors, said: “My client is obviously pleased that the NME have finally and publicly apologised to him. This claim was never about financial damages, and no money was sought as part of a settlement. The NME apology in itself is settlement enough, and it closes the case.” – (Reuters)