Tattle: Tusk, tusk: U.K. paper faked story

Posted: February 01, 2013

MODEL NAOMI CAMPBELL accepted libel damages Thursday from Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper over a story that falsely claimed she was planning an elephant polo match in India for her partner's birthday.

Whoa! Who the heck dreamed that one up? The November article in the Daily Telegraph said Naomi was going to organize the tournament (a/k/a stampede) in Jodhpur for partner Vladimir Doronin's 50th birthday. The article included criticisms from animal-welfare activists, furious over the way fictional elephants were to be treated in the made-up event.

Naomi's attorney, Gideon Benaim, told a judge at London's High Court that the story was "simply false and the criticisms unfounded."

Julia Varley, the red-faced lawyer for the Daily Telegraph's publisher, told the court that the newspaper regretted running the article.

(And eliminating all its copy editors, who once got paid to question such craziness.)

The amount of the damages, described as "substantial," was not disclosed.

Well blade, ID, well blade

Note to football fans: Investigation Discovery will counter-program the Super Bowl with a marathon of "Wives With Knives" episodes.

So when the missus brings out your eighth plate of wings and nachos, say "thank you" like you mean it.

* Jennifer Hudson will join the chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing "America the Beautiful" before Sunday's Super Bowl game.

Really? She's probably going to stand out in the chorus.

Lindsay Lohan leggings?

Lindsay Lohan sued her former collaborators on a clothing line on Thursday, seeking more than $1.1 million and renewed control of the brand's trademarks.

Because when you think control, you think Lindsay Lohan.

The suit claims a clothing manufacturer who previously worked with Lindsay continues to sell items under her 6126 Collection, which started out as a legging brand and had ambitions to expand into other clothing items.

The breach of contract, fraud and trademark infringement lawsuit filed in an L.A. federal court seeks royalties and other payments from D.N.A.M. Apparel Industries LLC.

The suit claims D.N.A.M. has failed to pay Lindsay more than $1 million in royalties and has not abided by an agreement to seek the "Liz & Dick" star's input on merchandise. D.N.A.M. also agreed to promote and expand the 6126 into swimwear, cosmetics and other apparel and open a showroom in New York, according to the lawsuit.

The case asks a judge to order the company to stop using the 6126 name and trademarks. Lohan named the clothing line after the June 1, 1926, birthdate of her idol, Marilyn Monroe.

A phone number for D.N.A.M. Apparel was unanswered on Thursday morning and other attempts to reach the company for comment were unsuccessful.

"Lindsay's very passionate about her apparel line and about designing," Perry Wander, one of Lindsay's stable of attorneys, said. "The purpose of this suit is to wrest control of her trademark away from this company that's been selling items overseas and online under the 6126 trademark."

TATTBITS

Randy Travis pleaded guilty Thursday to driving while intoxicated in a case that began last summe, when the country music star crashed his Pontiac Trans Am during a naked joyride.

Not that anyone should ever drive drunk, but if you crash your car and are driving naked, you better be drunk.

Travis received a 180-day suspended jail sentence, 24 months of probation and was fined $2,000. He was ordered to spend at least 30 days at an alcohol-treatment facility, complete 100 hours of community service and get an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle he operates while on probation.

* Fox News Channel host Geral-

do Rivera says he's seriously thinking about running for U.S. Senate in New Jersey as a Republican.

It's doubtful anyone is seriously thinking about voting for him, but Rivera asked his 30,000 Twitter followers how they feel about his challenging either Sen. Frank Lautenberg or Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

Seems like kind of a stacked polling group, but whatever.

* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

will appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" on Monday.

* Tattle wishes best of luck to our 24/7 colleague Dan Gross, whose last day at the Daily News is today, fittingly at Wing Bowl, surrounded by strippers and morbidly obese gluttons.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


Email gensleh@phillynews.com.

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