Josh Hartnett wins libel suit against UK tabloid

December 11, 2008 7:46:08 AM PST
Hollywood actor Josh Hartnett has won 20,000 pounds ($30,000) in libel damages from a British newspaper that claimed he engaged in "steamy shenanigans" in a public area of a London hotel. The tabloid Daily Mirror claimed in a September article that Hartnett and an unknown woman had a steamy encounter in the library of the Soho Hotel that was caught on CCTV.

Lawyer Victoria Jolliffe for the newspaper's publisher acknowledged Thursday that the allegations were false. Jolliffe told London's High Court that the newspaper apologized for any "distress, hurt and embarrassment" it had caused.

Hartnett's lawyer says the actor plans to donate the damages money to charity.

The 30-year-old star of "Pearl Harbor" and "Sin City" is appearing onstage in "Rain Man" in London.