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Kathleen Turner sorry for labelling Nicolas Cage a dog-napper
Monday, 7 April 2008
The actress Kathleen Turner yesterday issued an apology in the High Court to the Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage after accusing him of being arrested twice for drink-driving and stealing a dog.

Miss Turner, 53, who made the claims in her memoirs Send Yourself Roses, admitted that she had been mistaken and that the claims were defamatory.

In the book she described working with Mr Cage, 44, in 1986 on the set of the film Peggy Sue Got Married. She said her fellow actor was "arrested twice for drunk-driving and, I think, for stealing a dog. He'd come across a chihuahua he liked and stuck it in his jacket". Extracts were serialised in the Daily Mail this year.

Mr Cage, who won an Oscar in 1996 for Leaving Las Vegas, issued a statement at the time which said: "I have never been arrested for anything in my life, nor have I stolen a dog."

Neither of the actors was in the High Court yesterday to hear Simon Smith, Mr Cage's solicitor, tell Mr Justice Eady of the "utter falsity" of the allegations.

Mr Smith said that Miss Turner, Associated Newspapers, and Headline Publishing Group, which brought out the book, accepted that owing to a mistake by the author, and despite the other defendants' publishing in good faith, the allegations were defamatory, false, and should not have been published.

He said they apologised for the damage caused to Mr Cage's personal and professional reputation and for the "considerable distress and embarrassment". All Mr Cage's costs were reimbursed. A substantial donation was also made to a charity chosen by Mr Cage, who is worth an estimated £80 million. Outside court, Mr Smith said: "My client is extremely pleased with the outcome, which sets the record straight, since he has never been arrested for drunk-driving, dog theft, or anything else.

"As an actor who stars in many family-friendly films and who has a young child and teenager of his own, Mr Cage was understandably upset at having wrongly been depicted as condoning that sort of reckless, dangerous and criminal behaviour.

"Mr Cage is gratified that the defendants have done the right thing by acknowledging their errors and making amends, which Mr Cage has directed be donated to a worthy charitable cause."


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