Strong man actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was stunned a few years ago when a British newspaper reporter said in print that he harbored pro-Nazi and anti-Semitic views. So he sued.
Monday, a lawyer for reporter Wendy Leigh agreed in a court-approved settlement to a public statement saying the 1988 front-page story in The News of the World was untrue and that the allegations were being withdrawn.The Austrian-born bodybuilder turned actor was pleased with the outcome of the case, said his solicitor, Martin Kramer.
"He's pleased that he won the court action but obviously pleased because these outrageous and disgraceful comments have been terminated," he said.
Kramer said the reporter agreed to pay "substantial" damages and court costs to Schwarzeneggar for the front-page article on Feb. 21, 1988, that alleged Schwarzenegger was a fervent Nazi and anti-Semite and that he admired and approved of his father's alleged conduct in rounding up Jews and homosexuals for Nazi concentration camps during World War II.