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Kate Winslet Wins Diet Story Libel Damages

Posted Saturday March 10, 2007 4:15 PM GMT

Known for her disdain towards Hollywood's apparent obsession with being skinny, British actress Kate Winslet has won a public apology and undisclosed libel damages from a magazine over a false report claiming that she visited a diet doctor.

Winslet's lawyer, Rachel Atkins, told the High Court in London on Friday that the article in Grazia magazine was incorrect in reporting that Winslet discussed weight-related treatments at the Chinese Healing Institute in California.

Atkins stated that Winslet did receive treatment from a doctor there, but it was for a neck injury and not for weight.

The 'Titanic' star immediately complained to the magazine, saying that the article suggested "she had lied to the public when she had said that she refused to bow to pressure to be skinny and celebrated her curves".

"Grazia magazine has apologized to me in full, and admitted that their story was incorrect, which gives me tremendous peace of mind," the Oscar-nominated star said in a statement released after the case ended, through her lawyers.

"I feel very strongly that 'curves' are natural, womanly and real. I shall continue to hope that women are able to believe in themselves for who they are inside, and not feel under such incredible pressure to be unnaturally thin."

The 31-year-old said last year that she refused to have magazines in her home because she was worried about her young daughter Mia reading them.

Meanwhile, outside of Hollywood, pressure has been growing on the fashion world to promote a healthier look, with critics calling for a ban on "Size 0" models. Kate has been an active participant in these "skinny debates" and even plans on donating the settlement from this case to an eating disorder charity.