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The Daily Mail Pays Up For Suggesting Matt Lucas Threw A Party To Get Over The Suicide Of Ex Kevin McGee

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In March, five months after Matt Lucas’ ex-husband Kevin McGee killed himself (after posting a suicide note on Facebook), the Daily Mail published a story about how Lucas was dealing with the grief. Headline: “How Matt Lucas learnt to laugh again.” (It’s still online here.) I just read it. It doesn’t seem terribly intrusive, but apparently it “caused great upset to Mr Lucas which we did not intend and regret,” the Mail writes in an online apology, because it “suggested he had ignored Kevin’s calls, became a virtual recluse, and hosted a birthday party to ‘move on.'” And that’s the difference between American and British media laws, because every week U.S. celebrity tabloids basically invent stories about how celebs are dealing with divorces, drugs, and cheating. In the U.K., that’s considered an intrusion into grief and an invasion of privacy. In addition to the apology, the Mail handed Lucas a “substantial undisclosed” damages payment.