See if you can follow. American real-estate heir and film producer Steve Bing initially made headlines by asserting that Elizabeth Hurley’s baby wasn’t his. (Subsequent DNA tests proved him wrong.) Among the negative publicity he received at the time was a story in the Daily Mirror that gave Bing’s phone number and encouraged readers to call him. Bing sued the tabloid, the tabloid settled, and one of the terms of the settlement was that the paper had to run an apology. Bing’s lawyers wrote the apology, the paper ran it verbatim, and Bing issued a statement saying he was “delighted.” But now he’s changed his mind, and says he may revive the suit. Why? Because he apparently has figured out that the overly effusive way the paper apologized (e.g., under a front-page headline stating, “A humble and sincere apology to Mr. Steve Bing, philanthropist & humanitarian”) was actually intended as sarcasm.
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