James Bond star Roger Moore accepts damages after false groping claims

Sir Roger Moore who has accepted undisclosed libel damages over claims that he "groped" a woman during the filming of For Your Eyes Only. The 87-year-old actor was not at London's High Court for the settlement of his action against Associated Newspapers over an October 2014 story - headed Spy Who 'Groped' Me - which appeared in the Daily Mail and on Mail Online. (Yui Mok/PA Wire)
Sir Roger Moore who has accepted undisclosed libel damages over claims that he "groped" a woman during the filming of For Your Eyes Only. The 87-year-old actor was not at London's High Court for the settlement of his action against Associated Newspapers over an October 2014 story - headed Spy Who 'Groped' Me - which appeared in the Daily Mail and on Mail Online. (Yui Mok/PA Wire)
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Bond star Sir Roger Moore has accepted undisclosed libel damages over claims that he “groped” a woman during the filming of For Your Eyes Only.

The 87-year-old actor was not at London’s High Court today for the settlement of his action against Associated Newspapers over an October 2014 story - headed Spy Who ‘Groped’ Me - which appeared in the Daily Mail and on Mail Online.

His solicitor, Amy Bradbury, told Judge Patrick Moloney that the false allegations were without foundation and had caused serious harm to Sir Roger, who had received an apology, damages and his legal costs.

Ms Bradbury said that the article reported claims in an Australian magazine that made a number of serious allegations about Sir Roger - who was knighted for his services to charity - which were false and defamatory.

“In particular, it was claimed that Sir Roger had groped a 21-year-old lady, Debbie Newsome, during the filming of For Your Eyes Only and had made a number of inappropriate physical and other advances towards her.

“It was also wrongly claimed, amongst other things, that he had given Ms Newsome a gold bracelet covered in diamonds together with a bottle of expensive champagne and an inappropriate note, and this happened during a party at which his then wife was present.”

Roger Moore as James Bond.

Roger Moore as James Bond.

She added that the article was removed from Mail Online following a complaint by Sir Roger’s solicitors.

Martin Wood, solicitor for Associated Newspapers, said it acknowledged that the claims made against Sir Roger in the magazine were untrue and it was happy to undertake not to repeat them.

“The defendant apologises for any distress and embarrassment caused to Sir Roger and his family.”

Roger Moore as James Bond in Octopussy.

Roger Moore as James Bond in Octopussy.