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Morrissey vs NME libel case goes to court

Lawyers for the Smiths frontman and solo musician say a 2007 article about Morrissey in the NME was defamatory. The publication and its former editor deny the claims.

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THE LIBEL CASE involving Smiths frontman Morrissey and UK music magazine The NME  reached the high court yesterday.

A senior libel judge is expected to decide today whether the case should proceed to trial.

The musician’s lawyers say an interview printed in the NME in November 2007 has continued to make Morrissey suffer “reputational damage”, The Guardian reports.

Morrissey is attempting to sue the then-editor of the NME, Conor McNicolas, and the magazine’s publisher, IPC Media over the interview.

The claims centre on Morrissey’s comments on immigration and its effects on British identity.

The singer’s lawyer said that the magazine made defamatory allegations in the interview about Morrissey.

After the article was published almost four years ago, Morrissey demanded an apology from the NME.

But lawyers for the magazine asked for the case to be struck out yesterday as an abuse of process due to the delay in Morrissey taking the case to court.

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