A newspaper has been forced to apologize to Lisa Marie Presley, who is pregnant with her third child, over claims she was pursuing a poor diet like her late father, Elvis. Last month, Britain’s Daily Mail published a photo of Presley, without makeup and casually dressed, eating with friends in Los Angeles. The accompanying article said she was “growing just like her dad.”
“My client is deeply upset and offended by this article, especially as it was widely published just as she and her family were meant to be celebrating her happy news,” her legal rep, Simon Smith, said at the time.
People magazine reports that Lisa Marie’s lawyers sued for libel, and the newspaper printed an apology: “On March 4 we published a photograph of Lisa Marie Presley while she was dining with friends. We suggested she might have an unhealthy appetite similar to her late father. We now accept that the suggestion is untrue and apologize to Ms. Presley for any distress caused.”
The paper didn’t just make a rude and insensitive statement about Elvis’ daughter, Mommywood had reported that Lisa Marie felt compelled to reveal her pregnancy secret just days after the article appeared. “I have had to show my cards and announce under the gun and under vicious personal attack that I am, in fact, pregnant,” she wrote on her MySpace blog.
Kudos to Lisa Marie for fighting back against newspapers who find it in their right to criticize women’s bodies.