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{March 10, 2007}   Kate Winslet settles weight loss libel case

Kate WinsletKate Winslet has accepted a settlement from a leading publisher after successfully challenging an article claiming she had sought medical help to lose weight.

Grazia magazine, which is owned by UK publishing firm Emap, wrongly stated that Winslet had visited a so-called ‘diet doctor’ in California.

The British actress, who starred in films including Titanic and Finding Neverland, has always been an outspoken supporter of healthy curves.

Her lawyers argued that a story suggesting she had seen a doctor about her weight made her look like a hypocrite and damaged her professional reputation.

The settlement, which was described as substantial, will reportedly be donated to a charity that helps people suffering from eating disorders.

Emap apologised for the article, which the ruling accepted had been written in good faith.

Winslet, 31, has been nominated for five Academy Awards, most recently this year for Little Children when she lost out to Dame Helen Mirren.

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