Actress's defamation of character suit accepted

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A Chaoyang district court in Beijing accepted a lawsuit brought against a Beijing-based newspaper by the actress Zhang Ziyi Tuesday, according to a court press release.

Huang Kai, Zhang's council, sued a shopping guide newspaper on Friday for violating her right of reputation (defamation of character) over a story run by the newspaper on January 13, which claimed Zhang was the mistress of a rich businessman dubbed "Mr A" and that she had split up with her Israeli boyfriend, Vivi Nevo.
The court accepted the case after examining relevant documents, according to a press release.

In the indictment, Zhang said the story by Wang Xiaoyu ruined her reputation as a noted celebrity by fabricating what happened between her and Mr A and misrepresenting her split up with Vivi.

Zhang requires that the newspaper deletes the report, which was widely circulated online, and apologize for violating her privacy and staining her reputation by printing an apology in two major newspapers, the China Youth Daily and the Legal Mirror.

Huang said he was asked to confirm the story by Wang the day before the story ran.

The newspaper published the story after Huang denied the report and issued a formal statement with Zhang's authorization, warning the newspa-per of the legal consequences.

Zhang became internationally known for her role in the film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" released in 2000.

Source: Global Times
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