Danielle Lloyd during the press launch of the 'Field of Women' charity campaign. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire _320
Former Miss Great Britain Danielle Lloyd, from Liverpool, has settled her libel action against the organisers of the beauty pageant over a claim that she had cheated her way to the 2006 title.
The 23-year-old model had brought proceedings in London’s High Court over a newspaper article which was linked to the website of Miss Great Britain Limited.
Her solicitor-advocate Simon Smith told Mr Justice Eady that Miss Lloyd, whose title was removed in November 2006 - nine months after she was crowned - had earlier given an interview to Eve magazine in which she described how, in 2005, she had been given a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes as a Christmas present by her then-boyfriend, footballer Teddy Sheringham, who was a judge of the 2006 pageant.
The linked article at the centre of the case was the front page of an edition of the Mirror which reported "Miss Cheat Britain! Miss GB is sacked for fibbing about fling with Judge Teddy".
Mr Smith said: "The truth is that the interview given by the claimant in Eve magazine was untrue".
Miss Lloyd did not in fact begin her relationship with Mr Sheringham until after she had won the Miss GB title.
She met him for the first time at the party on the evening of the pageant, after she had just been crowned, which was confirmed by Mr Sheringham in a witness statement.
The Jimmy Choo shoes were a personal gift to Miss Lloyd from Mr Choo himself in 2005.
Mr Smith said that Miss Great Britain Ltd was now satisfied that what was said in Eve was untrue and that Miss Lloyd did not cheat and was not in a relationship with Mr Sheringham at the time of the 2006 pageant.
After the brief hearing, Miss Lloyd said: "I’m just really relieved that it’s over".