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Daily Mail Admits It Lied About JK Rowling

FILE - A Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 photo from files showing British author J K Rowling arriving at a cinema in London’s Leicest
FILE - A Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 photo from files showing British author J K Rowling arriving at a cinema in London’s Leicester Square for the World Premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. She may not be able to match the phenomenal success of the Harry Potter series, but J.K. Rowling has high hopes for "The Casual Vacancy," her first novel for adults. The title was announced Thursday, April 12, 2012, by Little, Brown & Co. along with a brief plot synopsis for the book.The publisher said it will be available worldwide on Sept. 27. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

The Daily Mail apologized on Wednesday for publishing a false story about JK Rowling.

Rowling sued Associated Newspapers, the publisher of the Daily Mail, over a September 2013 article titled "How JK Rowling's sob story about her past as a single mother has left the churchgoers who cared for her upset and bewildered." The article said that Rowling had falsely accused fellow churchgoers of stigmatizing her for being a single mother, which the author said in her lawsuit was not true.

The Daily Mail ran an apology on Wednesday, in which it admitted to making "a knowingly false" claim in the story and said that it is paying the author "substantial damages."

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