MR JAY: ….. You give one example from the Daily Star: “TV Cowell is ‘dead’.
We know he’s alive and well. The point you’re making there is the story was about him leaving the X Factor, I think; is that right?
RICHARD PEPPIATT: Yes, it was. I can give you a few others, if you like, which — I thought you may ask this question. It depends how long you’ve got.
MR JAY: If you could keep it to the Daily Star and give us three other good examples, please.
RICHARD PEPPIATT: “Chile mine to open as theme park”, “Angelina Jolie to play Susan Boyle in film”, “Bubbles to give evidence at Jacko trial” — that’s his monkey — “Jade’s back in Big Brother” — she was dead at the time. Obviously we have the likes of “Maddie’s body stored in freezer”, which we’ve heard already. “Grand Theft Auto Rothbury” — that was the Raoul Moat killing. There was going to be a computer game based around it. Completely untrue.
Brittany Murphy killed by swine flu” — wasn’t the case. “Macca versus Mucka on ice”, which was Paul McCartney and his ex-wife were apparently going to showdown on Dancing on Ice. Never transpired.
Then we have the likes of “Muslim-only public loos”, which in my letter I raise. Completely untrue as well.
LORD JUSTICE LEVESON: All these are real headlines?
RICHARD PEPPIATT: These are real headlines. Yes, I know.