Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? British newspapers are, at least when Woolf is played by Nicole Kidman. On Tuesday, Kidman won her second libel victory this year against a British newspaper for printing allegations that she’d had an affair with Jude Law, her costar in December’s ”Cold Mountain,” and was responsible for breaking up his marriage to actress Sadie Frost. Kidman won a five-figure sum and an apology from tabloid The Sun, Reuters reports. ”The defendants apologize to the claimant for the distress and embarrassment this article has caused,” the Sun’s lawyer told London’s High Court.
Two months ago, Kidman won a similar settlement from the Daily Mail, which had printed similar rumors. The stories in the Daily Mail and the Sun ran in March, at the height of Kidman’s ultimately successful campaign for a Best Actress Oscar for playing author Woolf in ”The Hours.” Some Oscar watchers thought the rumors would tarnish her campaign and hurt her Academy Award chances, and Kidman’s lawyer claimed during the Daily Mail trial that the stories had inflicted ”grave damage to the claimant’s personal and professional reputation, and she has suffered considerable embarrassment and distress.”
Kidman wasn’t present in court, but she released a statement saying, ”I am glad that this has finally been resolved.” She said she would donate the proceeds of her court victories (minus legal fees) to Fara, a charity that helps abandoned children in Romania, where ”Cold Mountain” was shot.