Judy Davis awarded interest in defamation case

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - September 12, 2008 The Australian actress was awarded $113,000 in damages in July after New South Wales state Supreme Court Judge Peter McClellan said articles in The Daily Telegraph of Sydney had impugned her reputation and personal standing in the community by implying she was selfish and unreasonable.

On Friday, McClellan added an extra $8,677 to the award for interest.

Davis, 53, had sued the Telegraph for articles printed in February 2006 about her behavior at a local council meeting. The newspaper said she stormed out of a council meeting where the plan was being discussed after an argument with council officials - something Davis denied in court.

Davis, who has won Golden Globe and Emmy awards, was nominated for an Academy Award for "A Passage to India" (1984) and "Husbands and Wives" (1992).

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