Sally Morgan, a British psychic personality, is bound to collect $193,000 (£125,000) from winning a legal case against the publisher of the Daily Mail.
Psychic Sally, her stage name, sued the Daily Mail for publishing an allegation about her in September 2011, purporting that the personality used a hidden earpiece to show the audience of her Dublin performance that she could converse with the dead. Paul Zenon, the writer of the article, sourced the allegation from two women who thought they heard two crew members instructing Mrs. Morgan from the backstage.
Graham Atkins, Sally’s lawyer, defended her by saying that she has given performance in more than 600 shows in over 100 different venues, with audiences numbering hundreds of thousands. He said that the allegations in the article
“caused enormous distress to Mrs. Morgan.”
In relation, the crew members who were said to be feeding instructions to the psychic were part of the threatre’s team, not of Mrs. Morgan’s.
After deliberations in court heard by Justice Tugendhat, Brid Jordan from Associated Newspapers told the judge that
“the Daily Mail withdraws the suggestion that Mrs. Morgan used a secret earpiece at her Dublin show in September 2011 to receive messages from off-stage, thereby cheating her audience, which it accepts is untrue.”
In defense, the psychic said,
“There will always be sceptics who attack my work and I understand and accept that. However, to libel me and falsely accuse me of a con trick does not constitute rational commentary or debate. I hope now this settlement and apology will repair the damage that has been done.”
Mrs. Morgan said that the result of the case and the settlement will clear doubts about her legitimacy as a psychic.