IPC’s celebrity weekly, Now, has issued an apology to two former friends of former pop star Kerry Katona after it published private emails from Katona to the two girls without their knowledge.
Michelle Hunter and Joanne Goodier both complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which reported claims that they had received offensive emails from Katona. Now magazine claimed that it was under the impression that the emails had been obtained from Hunter and Goodie directly, but both girls said they had no knowledge of them being sent to the magazine.
Hunter also complained that the story contained inaccuracies, and that magazine published a photo of a woman to accompany the story which it wrongly claimed was her.
Hunter and Goodier both accepted the magazine’s offer to publish an apology, which stated: ‘Our issue of 21 January contained an article about hurtful emails sent by Kerry Katona to two of her former friends, Michelle Hunter and Joanne Goodier. We should point out that Michelle Hunter and Miss Goodier received no payment for this article: indeed, they did not speak to ‘Now’ about the emails. The photograph we published was not Miss Hunter, as described, but a third party. We are happy to set the record straight and are sorry for any embarrassment or distress caused.”