Yesterday it was Britney Spears who accepted an apology from the National Enquirer for reporting in two stories last month that she was ready to divorce Kevin Federline. Just now, the British edition of the publication has agreed to pay undisclosed damages and print an apology to Kate Hudson for an October 2005 story that claimed the actress as "too thin" and looked "like skin and bones".
The related article claimed that Goldie Hawn planned to confront her daughter about her weight. In fact, both parties denied the claim, with Hudson saying "The allegations that I sued over were blatantly false, and I felt I had no choice but to set the record straight by challenging them in court". Moreover, the actress' lawyer Simon Smith said Hudson lost weight to get in shape for a film after giving birth to her son, Ryder, in January 2004. He said she took legal action over the magazine's suggestion she had "recklessly and foolishly endangered her health" by failing to eat."
American Media Inc., the tabloid's Boca Raton, Fla.-based publisher, apologized to Hudson for "the deep distress and acute embarrassment" the allegations had caused.