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Beyoncé's father Mathew Knowles accuses Sun of 'maliciously' altering interview in defamation case

Superstar: Beyoncé

The Sun has been accused of "knowingly and maliciously" modifying an interview article to misrepresent Mathew Knowles' relationship with his superstar daughter, Beyoncé, according to a defamation lawsuit lodged with Houston's US district court.

Knowles claims he complained to reporter Georgia Dickinson, who wrote the original piece, and was sent a copy from her of the article she originally filed with the paper. Legal papers said: "The contrast between the story submitted by Dickinson and that published by the Sun is stark."

Knowles is seeking actual and punitive damages, legal fees, and is pursuing the paper for breach of contract, claiming he never received the agreed payment for the interview.

The Sun article claimed Beyoncé had cut her father - who was her manager until 2011 - out of her life and he'd never met his granddaughter Blue Ivy, Beyoncé's child with rapper husband Jay-Z.

Knowles' lawyer claims the family remained close despite the professional split between him and Beyoncé, contrary to claims made in the paper that the two had a "bitter rift".

Earlier this month, the first American phone hacking lawsuit was launched against News Corporation after Angelina Jolie stunt double Eunice Huthart alleged phone messages from the Hollywood star were intercepted through her voicemail.

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