Blogger and author Zoe Margolis has been awarded a “five-figure” amount in costs and damages from the Independent on Sunday after the newspaper wrongly labelled her a “hooker”.
Margolis’s whose blog Girl With A One Track Mind became famous for its frank descriptions of her sex life and discussions of female sexuality. In March, she wrote an article for the Independent on Sunday about the effect of losing her blogging anonymity had ultimately had a positive effect on her life. An unnamed Independent on Sunday subeditor wrongly wrote a headline describing Margolis as a former hooker.
In a statement read at the High Court in London today, the Independent on Sunday said it sincerely apologised for the “distress and embarrassment [the] headline caused”.
Speaking to Index on Censorship after the court hearing, Margolis said: “I am very relieved. This was about as damaging an allegation as could have been made, and it undermined the point I try to make in my writing about female sexuality and sex for sale.”