* ACTRESS TERI HATCHER CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS EARLY!
Hatcher wins in court
Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher has won substantial libel damages from British tabloid the Daily Sport after it alleged that she had regular sex romps with a series of men in a Volkswagen van parked outside of her home.
The article appeared in the newspaper in July under the headline "Teri's Passion Wagon", alleging that Hatcher used the van to avoid being caught in the act by her seven-year-old daughter.
Hatcher does own a camper van but is adamant that she used it only to take her daughter on holidays.
The Golden Globe winner released a statement after the case was settled in the London High Court, saying, "I have tolerated many ridiculous and fabricated lies and gossip in the tabloids, but when a story appeared about me insinuating that I am an irresponsible and neglectful parent, I had to draw the line."
The paper, known for its sensationalist stories, has agreed to publish a prominent front-page apology, to reimburse Hatcher's full legal costs and to pay very substantial damages.
David Hirst, the lawyer representing the Daily Sport, said the paper was sorry for the article, "which they fully accept was entirely false".