Daniel Johns has obtained a six-figure sum and a grovelling apology from Information Corp. after one of many media big’s titles printed a lurid story on the Silverchair frontman which was discovered to be inaccurate.
The Australian rocker launched defamation proceedings over an article printed August 2019 in Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph that claimed he had visited a brothel within the metropolis and depicted in graphic particulars its companies supplied. The story was accompanied by pictures of the Novocastrian within the space.
In a writ filed to the Supreme Courtroom of Victoria, Johns refuted the article as “simply untrue” and “hurtful, humiliating, and damaging to me and my household,” and Mistress Scarlett, proprietor of the Kastle brothel, publicly supported Johns and denied the entrance web page story.
A number of days after its publication, the article was pulled from the newspaper’s web site.
Final weekend’s version of The Sunday Telegraph printed a unprecedented retraction on web page 3, which read, “The story was fallacious. Mr Johns was not leaving the brothel and The Sunday Telegraph accepts he has by no means been there at every other time. Mr Johns was within the space as a result of he had been visiting a good friend who lived within the neighborhood of The Kastle.”
Affiliated titles that syndicated the report additionally issued an apology.
“We retract the story and we want to lengthen a real and public apology to Mr Johns and his household for the error and the hurt brought about,” the assertion continues.
Johns’ administration declined to additional touch upon the matter.
Daniel Johns is each an enigma and an enormous in Australia. His grunge period band Silverchair, with schoolmates Ben Gillies on drums and Chris Joannou on bass guitar, launched their debut album Frogstop in 1995 when the trio had been simply 15 years of age.
The album reached No. 1 on ARIA Albums Chart and No. 9 on the Billboard 200, and is now the stuff of legend. Every of the band’s 5 albums went to the chart summit of their homeland.
Alongside the best way, the trio continued to evolve their sound and so they bagged six APRAs and 21 ARIA Awards, essentially the most wins by any artist. Johns additionally loved important success as a member of the Dissociatives, an digital music mission with Paul Mac of ARIA Award winners Itch-E and Scratch-E.
Silverchair went on “indefinite hiatus” in Could 2011, and Johns has since launched into a solo profession.