Morrissey (belatedly) sues NME over article from 2007


By John Glenday, Reporter

October 18, 2011 | 1 min read

Morrissey, former lead singer of the Smiths, is taking a long running legal battle with NME to the High Court over a 2007 article in which Morrissey was quoted complaining of an “immigration explosion”.

The controversial piece saw the left wing singer complain of a loss of British identity, but Morrissey strenuously refutes this – complaining that the article portrayed him as a racist and a hypocrite.

In the piece Morrissey allegedly said: “the gates of England are flooded. The country's been thrown away.

Morrissey contends that the “highly defamatory” allegations were geared toward driving magazine sales.

Chris Evans, acting for NME, said of this delay: “The court can infer from this that there has been such a delay that is not a genuine bid for vindication," Evans said. "[The claim] simply didn't figure at the forefront of his mind."


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