Campbell gets damages over false elephant polo story

Naomi Campbell accepted "substantial" libel damages at the High Court today over a false story that she was planning to organise an elephant polo match in India for her partner's birthday.

In a statement, the supermodel said the Daily Telegraph's story should never have been published, saying, "There were never plans to hold an elephant polo tournament".

"I am glad that the matter has been resolved and I accept the newspaper's apology."

Supermodel Naomi Campbell Credit: Press Association

The supermodel's lawyer, Gideon Benaim, said the article last November reported "detailed criticisms made of these plans by the animal rights group Peta, who were said to have launched a personal attack on Ms Campbell for promoting animal cruelty".

Mr Benaim told Mr Justice Eady that the story was "simply false and the criticisms unfounded".