The Daily Mail is in trouble again, this time resulting in Associated Newspapers being sued for libel over the Mail’s article on Cherie Blair’s former lifestyle guru, Carole Caplin. The Mail article, published in September 2010, claimed that Caplin would “blow the lid” on her client’s new book and reveal the Blairs’ “sex secrets” for £1 million. But David Price QC, acting for Caplin told the high court in London, "the truth is that, contrary to the article, Ms Caplin has never had any intention of disclosing any confidential information concerning the Blairs.” Furthermore, the article claimed that Caplin had financial difficulties, which was the reason for her being tempted by the £1mn reward for the “secrets”. Price explained that not only were the assertions about Caplin’s financial status unfounded, but she also did not even possess “sex secrets” that the Mail claimed could “finish” the Blairs.
Associated Newspapers has agreed to pay substantial damages to Carole Caplin.