Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Win Privacy Settlement From Tabloid

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have emerged victorious in their legal battle with British tabloid News of the World over a false report about their relationship.

The Hollywood power couple accepted an undisclosed sum from the newspaper as part of a settlement reached in London’s High Court on Thursday. (Brangelina was not present for the hearing.)

At issue was a January 24, 2010 News of the World cover story alleging that Pitt and Jolie were preparing to separate, and had arrived at custody arrangements for their children. According to the article, the couple had enlisted the services of divorce attorney in December 2009 to help them divide their assets. However, Sorrell Trope—identified as the attorney in question in some reports—refuted the story in a written statement provided to the couple’s lawyers, asserting,

“I have never met…your clients or had any involvement with either of them. The foregoing is true with respect to all other members of this [law] firm.” 

In addition, News of the World, which has now conceded that its allegations were “false and intrusive,” has agreed to publish an apology, and will pay damages and court costs, which Pitt and Jolie will donate to their Jolie-Pitt Foundation charitable organization.