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Prince of Monaco accepts damages in UK libel suit

LONDON (AP) -- Prince Albert of Monaco has accepted an apology and damages from Britain's Sunday Times newspaper over an article suggesting his wife Princess Charlene was reluctant to marry him, lawyers said Tuesday.

The prince had launched libel action over a July 2011 article that suggested Charlene agreed to a sham marriage in exchange for payment, and that Albert had confiscated her passport to prevent her from fleeing Monaco so she would stay and marry him for appearance's sake.

The article -- headlined "The Full Filthy Monte" -- also alleged that Albert had turned a blind eye to corrupt activity and granted residence permits to foreigners for fear of having alleged secrets about his love life exposed.

The prince's lawyer, Mark Thomson, argued that the article's publication, two days after the couple's wedding, had upset and embarrassed them.

Thomson said the newspaper had confirmed that it would pay damages and legal fees to the couple.

The paper's lawyer, Rupert Earle, Tuesday apologized for the damage and distress caused in court.

"We accepted that these allegations were untrue and seriously defamatory," the newspaper's publisher, News International, said in a statement.

Megan Fox no longer emulates Marilyn Monroe

NEW YORK (AP) -- Instead of chasing fame, Megan Fox is running from it.

The "Transformers" actress tells Esquire magazine she wanted to be like Marilyn Monroe and even has a tattoo of the late actress on her arm, but has now begun the process of having it removed.

The 26-year-old says she read about Monroe's "difficult life" where she had "all the potential in the world" that was wasted. Monroe, she says, "wasn't reliable" and "almost wasn't insurable." She goes on to compare Lindsay Lohan to Monroe. Fox says she's "not interested in following in those footsteps."

Fox now admires Ava Gardner who "was a broad" who spoke her mind and "had power."

Esquire's February issue goes on sale Jan. 22.

Philip Roth to be featured on 'American Masters'

NEW YORK (AP) -- Philip Roth is enjoying his retirement from writing and pleased that he will be featured in March on PBS' "American Masters" series.

"Philip Roth: Unmasked" will air on March 29, 10 days after Roth's 80th birthday. The author of "Portnoy's Complaint" and many other novels spoke via satellite this week during a panel discussion in Los Angeles of the Television Critics Association. He said he doesn't watch a lot of television, but he does make time for "American Masters" and praised a recent show on Joan Baez.

He announced recently that his 2010 novel "Nemesis" would be his last. He said he has not changed his mind and that life was going smoothly. "Someone should have told me about this earlier," he joked.

New Dan Brown novel 'Inferno' coming in May

NEW YORK (AP) -- A new Dan Brown novel is coming in May, and the subject is Dante.

Doubleday announced Tuesday that Brown's book is called "Inferno," named for Dante's epic journey in verse. Brown again will feature Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, the protagonist for his blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code" and for the million-selling follow-up "The Lost Symbol." The book might seem familiar in other ways, as Brown again takes on a masterpiece of Western civilization: "The Da Vinci Code" centered on an iconic painting, the Mona Lisa.

Brown may also be returning to the religious controversies of "The Da Vinci Code," when he infuriated some Catholics by suggesting that Jesus and Mary Magdalene had children.

     

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