'Enders Gus wins £75k libel damages

Former EastEnders actor Mohammed George has been awarded £75,000 libel damages over claims that he acted like a "wild animal" during an altercation with his former girlfriend.

The 26-year-old's action against The Sun, which was contested by News Group Newspapers, claimed that his reputation had been "seriously and unfairly damaged" by a report published in the paper.

George's QC Ronald Thwaites told the High Court in London: "In a nutshell the allegation against him is that he flew into a rage in the street in the early hours of the morning of December 3 2006, and beat up his then girlfriend and mother of his daughter, acting like a wild animal and leaving her sprawling in the street when he ran away."

According to PA, George, who played Gus in the BBC soap, said that he is "ecstatic" following the majority verdict.

He said: "I no longer have this weight hanging over me and finally people will realise that what they wrote wasn't true."

George added that he now hopes producers will not be afraid to employ him. "If I was a casting director I wouldn't want to cast someone who I thought was a wife beater," he said.

Source - Digital Spy

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