News of the World has agreed to pay athlete Artur Boruc £70,000 in a libel settlement after the newspaper published a story claiming that Boruc, a Polish soccer player, “had been deceiving his pregnant fiancée” and sending a “mystery” woman “explicit X-rated” messages and photos, The Guardian reported.
According to The Guardian, the story is fake and the newspaper claims it was tricked by a man named Kevin O’Donnell who pretended to be a financial adviser to Boruc. O’Donnell allegedly created a fake online presence with communication between Boruc and his girlfriend, and doctored a fake photo pretending to be Boruc.
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News of the World reportedly claims it was hoaxed by this man and that the newspaper wasn’t “reckless or irresponsible” in reporting this hoax story.