A legal judgement today gave Morrissey the go-ahead to sue the NME for libel. The case refers to an interview the singer gave to the magazine in 2007, which he claims wrongly portayed him as having racist views on the subject of immigration. “The NME viciously attacked me and labelled me a racist and a hypocrite. Last week they sought to avoid facing me in court to settle the matter once and for all,” Morrissey said in a statement. “I am delighted that the NME’s attempt to stifle my claim was unsuccessful and that as a result I will be able to use the very public forum of the high court in London to clear my name, loud and clear for all to hear.”
An NME spokeswoman said: “NME recently sought to strike out Morrissey’s claim on grounds of a lengthy delay. After almost four years, we are glad that the matter will now proceed to trial and we will finally get the opportunity to bring this matter to a close.” The case will be heard by a jury next year.