Tapas 7's '£375k damages' for Maddie reports
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Rachael Oldfield, Fiona Payne and Russell O’Brien in Praia da Luz after Madeleine vanished.
They and the rest of the so- called Tapas Nine had a reunion in a Leicester hotel
Friends of Madeleine McCann's parents who were with the couple on the night she died are to receive £375,000 in libel damages, it has been reported.
Sky News said the money will be paid out to the so-called "Tapas Seven" by Express Newspapers.
The group were holidaying with Kate and Gerry McCann when three-year-old Madeleine disappeared in May last year.
Martin Brunt said: "The Tapas Seven, friends of Kate and Gerry McCann - those who were on hoiday with them in Portugal last year - are to receive apologies tomorrow morning in the High Court from Express Newspapers, and they will share a payout of £375,000.
"I'm told an apology will be read out in the court and then there'll be statements from the McCanns and the 'Tapas 7' lawyers.
"There will also be apologies in the Daily Express and Daily Star newspapers."
The newspaper group has already paid £550,000 dmanages to the McCann's after suggested they may have been involved in their daughter's disappearance.
The money is likely to go toward the Find Madeleine fund.