Morrissey and the NME have agreed to settle their ongoing libel dispute after a recent apology.
It’s taken five years. Five years of rumour, speculation and the odd infuriated statement or two. However Morrissey’s libel case against the NME is over, with the magazine recently apologising to the singer.
In the end, it wasn’t about money or prestige. All it took – after the publication of that fateful 2007 interview – was a short apology on the NME website, since replicated in the printed magazine. With libel proceedings now ended, representatives from the NME have issued the following statement (via Music Week).
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NME is pleased that it has buried the hatchet with Morrissey in respect of the libel case he brought against us in 2007.
Morrissey sued over an article based on interviews with him which he believed accused him of racism.
After an ongoing dialogue with Morrissey and his representatives, NME today publishes a clarification in the magazine and online which makes it clear that we do not believe we ever called Morrissey a racist and nor do we believe he is.
We have said sorry to Morrissey for any misunderstanding that may have arisen.
The settlement with Morrissey does not involve payment of any damages or legal costs (other than a small sum of costs which the court ordered NME to pay last year when we applied unsuccessfully to have the case struck out on grounds of delay).
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Meanwhile, Morrissey is continuing to progress with his own career. Still seeking out label support, a recent statement from the singer appeared to indicate that he was considering retirement – a though which it seems could not be further from his mind.
“Morrissey would like to stress that reports of his ‘retirement’, as excitably earmarked by several newspapers and websites are “wishful thinking” on behalf of the writers.”