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Alan Davies pays damages over Lord McAlpine retweet

Comedian Alan Davies has paid damages to the former Tory deputy chairman Lord McAlpine after he retweeted a libellous tweet.

The offending tweet falsely implicating the peer in allegations of child sex abuse.

Comedian Alan Davies and Lord McAlpine (R) Credit: PA/PA Wire

Davies apologised for the "great damage and distress" his tweeting caused.

Neither Lord McAlpine nor Davies was at the High Court in London for today's hearing and lawyers did not reveal how much Davies paid.

Davies hoped that other Twitter users would be more aware of the "potential damaging consequences of tweeting," a lawyer representing the comedian said.

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