Devastated Adele takes legal action on hoax sex tape
Award-winning singer Adele, has fallen victim to an attempted smear after a French paparazzo released a sex tape falsely alleging that she was its star.
The 23-year-old immediately made clear that she had not appeared in the tape and instructed top law firm Schillings to take legal action.
The claims were described as "untrue and grossly defamatory". A spokesman for Adele said it was "100pc false".
The hoax tape was alleged to have been made by the singer's former boyfriend who has inspired some of her most successful songs.
Adele has never disclosed the man's identity but did reveal that he had tried to claim a share of the songwriting royalties on the grounds that he had inspired the lyrics.
She said: "I'll give him his credit: he made me an adult and put me on the road I am travelling."
French celebrity magazine 'Public' has dedicated three pages to the alleged tape, publishing stills purporting to feature the singer, under the headline 'Adele, the Sex Tape, her ex takes his revenge'.
The publication claims that the 'bold' images showed Adele in the back seat of her ex-boyfriend's car and that the pictures were taken on a smartphone.
The magazine quotes a 'close friend' as saying Adele was "devastated" when she found out the images had been released.
Speculation about the tape was rife on Twitter and internet forums after it emerged that paparazzo Jean Claude Elfassi had announced that he would be releasing it on his blog. However, the photographer's website appeared to have been taken offline with a message stating that it had been "temporarily disabled".
He wrote on Twitter today: "Hurry up and steal or buy 'Public', they do not have enough printed and there are already shortages in newsagents".
Adele won six Grammy Awards last weekend.