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Nail sickened by untrue story of bondage orgy.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet star Jimmy Nail felt sick to the pit of his stomach after reading allegations about his sexual behaviour, greed and prima donna tendencies, the High Court heard yesterday.

The actor, who is 50 today, has brought libel proceedings against News Group Newspapers over a May 2002 article in the News of the World and Harper Collins Publishers over a 1998 biography of him by Geraint Jones entitled Nailed.

His counsel Jonathan Caplan QC told Mr Justice Eady in London that in both cases, unqualified offers of amends had been made and accepted. This involved apologies which accepted that the material complained of was defamatory and untrue.

All that remained was the issue of damages for the judge to assess, with Mr Nail claiming pounds 70,000 to pounds 100,000.

Mr Nail told the court how he felt when he was confronted at his newsagent with the headline "Auf Wiedersehen Jimmy's secret bondage orgies".

"What I saw and read made me first unsteady on my feet, then sick to the pit of my stomach."

He said trying to explain this to his partner Miriam and their sons Tom, 17, and Fred, 14, was one "of the worst experiences of my life". Adrienne Paige QC, for the defendants, expressed their "complete acceptance" the allegations were untrue and their sincere apologies.

But she questioned the extent of the damage to his reputation and standing.

The judge said he would give his ruling at a later date.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 16, 2004
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