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RUBY IN SLANDER PAYOUT; Wax says sorry.

Byline: By Victoria Ward

MOTORMOUTH TV comic Ruby Wax yesterday apologised and paid damages to a journalist she had slandered.

Freelance broadcaster Patricia Danaher had sued Wax for pounds 26,600 after an interview with the star.

Danaher had met Wax at Dublin's Olympia Theatre in June 2000 to record an interview for Ulster Television.

At the end of the interview, Wax asked Danaher what she thought of her latest show.

She said she preferred a previous series, at which point Wax claimed to be insulted and expelled the reporter and her camera crew from the theatre while making abusive comments.

Wax also demanded that the interview should not be broadcast and slanderous allegations were relayed to Danaher's bosses at the Belfast TV station.

Dublin's Civil Circuit Court heard yesterday that an outof court settlement had been reached and that Wax and MCD, who organised her Irish tour, had apologised.

Danaher did not disclose details of the settlement but said she was pleased with the figure.

She added: 'I am very pleased it's all over and sorry it's dragged on this long.

'I am grateful the slanderous comments have been withdrawn.'

A UTV spokeswoman said the company did not comment on individual cases.

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