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Tamzin Outhwaite's ex-husband accepts 'substantial' damages over false newspaper claims on child maintenance

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Tamzin Outhwaite and Tom Ellis have split after seven years together.

Tamzin Outhwaite and Tom Ellis have split after seven years together.

Tamzin Outhwaite and Tom Ellis have split after seven years together.

Actress Tamzin Outhwaite's ex-husband has accepted "substantial" damages over false newspaper allegations about child maintenance for their two daughters.

Tom Ellis, a professional actor, also received a public apology at the High Court in London over the allegations in an article in the Sunday Mirror.

His solicitor, Leo Dawkins, told Mr Justice Edis that the action against MGN Limited, publisher of the newspaper and its website, was for defamation and misuse of private information.

The claim arose out of an article published in July, entitled: "Tamzin Outhwaite and ex-husband Tom Ellis in bitter battle over child support payments."

Mr Dawkins told the judge: "The article claimed that my client had deliberately sought to shirk his responsibility to pay child maintenance for his two daughters with Ms Outhwaite, by claiming he was too cash strapped to do so, and that this had forced his ex-wife to threaten him with lawyers to ensure that he met his obligations as a father."

He added: "To have such defamatory allegations published in a national newspaper was deeply upsetting for my client. His distress was compounded by the fact that, as is obvious, the financial arrangements regarding his children are private."

The lawyer continued: "As the defendant has now admitted, there was also no truth in the story. There had been no such row between my client and his ex-wife, bitter or otherwise.

"Whilst details of the childcare arrangements are, as I say, private, Mr Ellis has in fact never failed to pay his share of child maintenance, nor has he ever claimed that he could not afford to do so."

MGN "now accepts that the allegations it made were false", said Mr Dawkins.

It had agreed not to repeat the allegations and to pay "substantial damages as well as legal costs".

Gervase de Wilde, counsel for MGN, told the judge: "The defendant hereby apologises to Mr Ellis for the publication of the article complained of and is pleased to have this ability to set the record straight."

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