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John Malkovich wins libel suit

Actor John Malkovich has won a libel lawsuit against editors at French newspaper Le Monde over a story linking him to a tax evasion scheme.
The Being John Malkovich star claimed the publication’s editors defamed him by connecting him to the so-called SwissLeaks scandal, which hit headlines in February, 2015.
In the investigation piece, it was suggested the 62-year-old had held a secret Swiss HSBC bank account between 2005 and 2007, which afforded him the opportunity to avoid paying taxes.
Malkovich hit back at the allegations with a libel lawsuit last year (15), arguing he never had an account with the bank and insisting another fund he had with a financial institution acquired by HSBC had been closed prior to the scandal.
On Friday (07Oct16), a French judge ruled in the actor’s favour and ordered Le Monde bosses and two of its reporters, Gerard Davet and Fabrice Lhomme, to pay 14,000 Euros ($15,640) in fines and damages, according to Reuters.
In addition to the damages awarded, Le Monde editors have reportedly been ordered to issue a retraction on the front page of the newspaper. They are planning to appeal the ruling.

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