Saturday, December 3, 2011

Katie Price and Peter Andre settle Harvey case, as she apologises and agrees to pay undisclosed compensation

By Nadia Mendoza

They live their life courting headlines, but Katie Price paid the price when she claimed Peter Andre did not love stepson Harvey as much as he said.

Today, the slander case was settled in the High Court as Price apologised for the 'hurt' her allegations caused.

She also agreed to pay undisclosed compensation and claims that he had an affair with his manager Claire Powell were withdrawn.

Case closed: Katie Price, pictured here with Peter Andre and Harvey in LA outside The Ivy in 2009, has apologised for the slander case against her ex-husband

Andre was claiming damages and aggravated damages on the basis his ex-wife knowingly lied when she made her comments in Heat magazine.

In the 2009 interview, the 33-year-old model alleged Andre, 38, did not see Harvey as often as he claimed, claiming it was only about twice a fortnight.

The accusations came after Price was quizzed about Andre's latest single Unconditional, said to be about his love for nine-year-old Harvey.

Case closed: Katie Price apologised to Peter Andre for claiming he did not love stepson Harvey as much as he said he did, offering undisclosed compensation

Peter, who is currently in his native Australia appearing on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! is to put the money into a trust fund for Harvey.

Andre's solicitor Mike Brookes said his client launched proceedings as 'his relationship with his children and his reputation are important to him.'

He added: 'Ms Price accepts that the feelings for Harvey which Mr Andre expressed in the song were genuine and he was not being hypocritical.'

Back in the jungle: Peter Andre has returned to the I'm A Celebrity jungle, where he met ex-wife Katie

The Mysterious Girl singer also claimed damages for slander over comments made by Price on The Graham Norton Show in October 2009, in which she alleged he had an affair with his manager Clare Powell.

While the comments were not broadcast to the general public, they were overheard by the live audience, yet Mr Brookes said she now 'withdraws her claim unreservedly'.

Katie's solicitor Keith Ashby said she was happy to confirm 'that Mr Andre has been a good father to Harvey and has demonstrated his love for him on many occasions.'

Price, who also agreed to make a contribution to Andre's legal costs of the long running dispute estimated at £800,000, failed to appear at court for the hearing as she is in Dublin for a Lara's Boutique fashion launch event.

The couple who married in 2005 and divorced in October 2009 have two children of their own Junior, six, and three-year-old Princess; while Harvey is the son of former fling footballer Dwight Yorke.

Moulding stars: Claire Powell now represents Amy Childs and features in her new show It's All About Amy



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