Yusuf Islam gets compo for "embarrassment and distress"

* Tell us Yusuf: which ‘race’ is Islam again?

Followed by a ‘moon-shadow’ Yusuf Islam

Adam Tudor, the singer’s solicitor told top libel judge, Mr Justice David Eady, the piece at the centre of the complaint was published by World Entertainment News Network’s and was later used on Contactmusic.com, a website published by Contactmusic.com Ltd which is said to have 2.2 million page views a month. Contactmusic also apologised today and will pay part of the damages.

Tudor said the item appeared on 26 March last year under the headline: “Yusuf Islam Ignors Bare-Headed Women” and was reproduced on a number of websites including that of Contactmusic.

“The article suggested that Mr Islam, who is a Muslim, was so sexist and bigoted that he refused at an awards ceremony to speak to or even acknowledge any women who were not wearing a veil,” said Tudor.

“It went on to suggest that Mr Islam’s manager had stated ‘Mr Islam doesn’t speak with women except his wife. Least of all if they don’t wear a headscarf. Things like that only happen via an intermediary.’”


Tudor continued : “As the defendants now accept, these allegations were entirely false. Mr Islam has never had any difficulties working with women, whether for religious or any other reasons. In his normal life, women feature among some of the most influential people in Mr Islam’s team. Furthermore, the statement attributed in the article to Mr Islam’s manager was simply never made.”

He said that the article had caused the pop star considerable embarrassment and distress particularly given that it had the effect not only of creating an utterly false impression of his attitude to women, but because it also cast serious aspersions, quite wrongly, on his religious faith.

The compensation he is to be paid be donated to charity, Small Kindness. He is also to receive his legal costs.

For World Entertainment News and Contactmusic solicitor Marvin Simons said they apologised for the distress and embarrassment that had been caused as a result of the “false allegations.”


6 thoughts on “Yusuf Islam gets compo for "embarrassment and distress"”

  1. I never did like this clown’s annoying sounding music. Now there’s even more reason to not like him.

  2. Yusuf Islam, his work’s never done
    There’s always something new
    Someone has claimed
    He’s bigoted and sexist
    And now he must sue

    His feelings were hurt
    It caused him distress
    But the compo came through
    To be donated to the charity
    Small Kindness, whose Charman’s guess who

    (google “Small Kindness”)

  3. That’s just great.
    A sexist and bigoted scumbag gets money for being a sexist and bigoted scumbag.
    Multicultural tolerance!

  4. I don’t like him or his religion but the question is whether the defendants did make stuff up to embarrass him (or for whatever reason). This story does not seem to dispute the findings of the judge. It is important to remember that truth is important when confronting something like Islam and stooping to the level of the media and Islamic apologists is neither helpful nor acceptable. If Cat Kaaba really hates women and made the requests to not interact with unveiled females it needs to be pointed out and documented. Otherwise it is a lame story that serves to further claims of “Islamophobia”.

  5. Saul, he’s been doing this for years.

    I don’t know how he got away with this crap, perhaps nobody wanted to testify. But this kind of behavior is not only typical, its putting up with it and then caving in and paying compo. Its part of the denialist trap we have dug for ourselves. We are our own worst enemy…

  6. Whatever has happened to the rules of evidence in our English common law? Rat Stevens is not only a member of, but a clergyman and spokesman for a so-called religion which specifically states in its revealed word, the koran, that a woman’s value is half that of a man’s. End of argument.
    By the way, the only one of this pansy’s artsy-fartsy little ditties which merited listening to was “Morning Has Broken,” the melody of which was shamelessly lifted from a nineteenth-century Protestant hymn. What a pathetic, disgusting hypocrite!

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