Sharon Osbourne Wins Libel Battle

Sharon Osbourne has accepted libel damages from The Sun newspaper over a 2007 story which alleged she was driving husband Ozzy "to destruction".

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Sharon Osbourne has accepted libel damages from The Sun newspaper over a 2007 story which alleged she was driving husband Ozzy "to destruction".

The 56-year-old former X Factor judge accepted an apology and a substantial, undisclosed sum of money.

Her solicitor told the court that the allegations were "entirely without foundation" and "extremely distressing, hurtful and damaging".

The star was not at London's High Court for the settlement.

Solicitor John Kelly said the article, published in October 2007, claimed that Mrs Osbourne was "driving her frail husband Ozzy Osbourne to destruction" and was working him "so hard she will kill him".

It alleged that she was forcing the Black Sabbath star to perform in a series of live shows in order to fund her exorbitant spending.

The article continued: "Sharon will keep Ozzy on the road until, like Tommy Cooper, he dies on stage".

Mr Kelly said the publication had caused damage to his client's personal and professional reputation and she had suffered considerable embarrassment and distress.

Read the entire article at BBC News.

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    dethead666
    Delanoir wrote: Ozzy would be dead already if it weren't for her. Hell, if it weren't for her, you guys wouldn't of ever even heard of Ozzy post-Black Sabbath. Especially after Rhoads died, she kept him going. The woman is amazing, honestly.
    Sharon didn't meet ozzy until early 80s...Sabbath has been around since the early 70s so that is incorrect
    HammettHead
    Will this woman ever stop? Fair enough, the views may be unfounded. But is there REALLY any need to sue? Or does she need to sue to fund her 'exorbitant spending'?
    David_Bowie=GOD
    SteamMaster wrote: David_Bowie=GOD wrote: dethead666 wrote: Delanoir wrote: Ozzy would be dead already if it weren't for her. Hell, if it weren't for her, you guys wouldn't of ever even heard of Ozzy post-Black Sabbath. Especially after Rhoads died, she kept him going. The woman is amazing, honestly. Sharon didn't meet ozzy until early 80s...Sabbath has been around since the early 70s so that is incorrect fail if im not mistaken, she was the manager of black sabbath or the daughter of a guy in the record company they were signed to, its one or the other(maybe both). She met him in the 70s at least. and even if she didnt meet him in the 70s, you double FAIL by showing you dont even know what the difference between pre and post is
    i know the difference, but he didnt meet sharon in the 80s, that was my point.
    atkm2891
    Wow, i wasn't aware you could sue people because of something they said...I'm so happy I don't live in fascist USA
    Andragon
    Someone got fired and his/her family got ****ed because of a rich tyrant. Woohoo.
    Tsuchiya
    I hate Sharon with a passion, but if that's what it takes to keep the the Oz-man happy then so be it.
    madcowman19
    I personally think it's good that she keeps him touring. I went to Ozzfest last year and got to see him. If she wasn't pushing him to play, what else would he do? Sit on the couch and watch tv? I think it's awesome that he's keeping productive and still stands as a strong music icon after all these years.
    Ricky4635
    Maybe Ozzy does work a bit too much but, I saw him live about a year from know and he didn't look like he was gonna die anytime soon. He looked like he was in his late 20's not his late 50's. but i agree Sharon Osbourne sucks but, not as much as Country Love.
    <Paper Cuts>
    harpcicle wrote: dunno whos worse, her or courtney love
    Ok, that was a really stupid statement. It's obvious who's worse! COURTNEY LOVE! You gotta love Sharon Osbourne, she's the Ozzman's wife! And Ozzy loves to play. It's not like she's *forcing him* to play...I think he really enjoys seeing fans thrusting devil horns in the air just like they did years ago. All of the Ozzfest videos I've seen, he's very awake and energetic. Not frail. And Ozzy doesn't die. ESPECIALLY not on stage.
    geddyleesimmons
    look Ozzy is (from the last i heard) resting after a 3 year tour supporting Black Rain. Ozzfest this year was only one day. ONE DAY...Sharon isn't forcing Ozzy to do anything. Ozzy is still full of enerdy as he was all those years ago. bands today can't compete with his schedule. i mean come on its Ozzy he is Iron Man
    david9d5
    SabbFan1234 wrote: man, i wanna see sharon osbourne go against lars ulrich in court.
    Just a matter of time.
    SteamMaster
    David_Bowie=GOD wrote: dethead666 wrote: Delanoir wrote: Ozzy would be dead already if it weren't for her. Hell, if it weren't for her, you guys wouldn't of ever even heard of Ozzy post-Black Sabbath. Especially after Rhoads died, she kept him going. The woman is amazing, honestly. Sharon didn't meet ozzy until early 80s...Sabbath has been around since the early 70s so that is incorrect fail if im not mistaken, she was the manager of black sabbath or the daughter of a guy in the record company they were signed to, its one or the other(maybe both). She met him in the 70s at least.
    and even if she didnt meet him in the 70s, you double FAIL by showing you dont even know what the difference between pre and post is
    SteamMaster
    wrote: harpcicle wrote: dunno whos worse, her or courtney love Ok, that was a really stupid statement. It's obvious who's worse! COURTNEY LOVE! You gotta love Sharon Osbourne, she's the Ozzman's wife! And Ozzy loves to play. It's not like she's *forcing him* to play...I think he really enjoys seeing fans thrusting devil horns in the air just like they did years ago. All of the Ozzfest videos I've seen, he's very awake and energetic. Not frail. And Ozzy doesn't die. ESPECIALLY not on stage.
    also, this guy +1, it was Ozzy who, when he had a severe injury of his leg/ankle, was desperately trying to keep touring, while she was advising against it, just to keep him from further injuring himself, shows that she cares, and that he loves to perform
    BronzeAge
    Here it is in simple terms. Black sabbath = Good "Ozzy" = Bad Sharone = OHLOLWTFHAPPENED.
    SnookM
    Much as I dislike Sharon the Sun were kinda dumb for saying that, people will sue over nothing these days... I think Ozzy can probably stand up for himself but I don't think they should be doing another series of The Osbournes.
    Grudgeshredder
    Silentlassassin wrote: Just think where they would be if Randy was still here Randy would keep Ozzy in check (even though Ozzy punched poor Randy in the face for suggesting he was gonna quit the band)....
    Well, if we have to be to technical on Randy... He already confirmed that he was finishing out the tour dates with Ozzy, then HE WAS LEAVING. Regardless, Ozzy and Randy's time together was limited. Just the senseless thought of that airplane pilot shortened that time. Shame Randy went out the way he did. But on topic. Honestly, I'd sue if I was embarrassed in the national/international world and it wasn't true. And for those who don't think Shannon not being there to support Ozzy, well... He'd be dead by now due to his drinking habits after Sabbath kicked him out, and he also as someone else pointed out earlier, promoted the shit out of him to get him going again. Even when it meant her own career! Yeah, Ozzy may not be what he was back then now, but no one really is. Look at Metallica and other thrash bands that were big back then. They changed greatly. It's a process everyone goes through, so just get over it.
    euan_soad
    Zombiestompa wrote: If it weren't for her we wouldn't have the amazing Ozzy we have now.
    Ozzy is a ****ing wreck now, Sharon has done nothing but be a media ***** and suck ass. UP THE IRONS!
    Zombiestompa
    Welcome once again to the Sharon Osbourne show. She is an incredibly bright woman, who in all fairness needs to come down from her high horse and get back into reality. If it weren't for her we wouldn't have the amazing Ozzy we have now. We owe her that much, but her attitude over the past decade has been absolutely out of order. She's becoming a joke and needs to disappear for a while. Rejuvenate her reputation and do what she does best - Manage Artists. Sharon you're a cracking woman for all the right reasons, just bugger off the tabloids and be a human again. This primadonna shits tired!
    euan_soad
    Sharon is a bellend, she should **** off and die lololololololololololololol lol
    VLVTRVOLVR13
    Its not really her fault, the editor for the Sun never should have allowed something like that to be published. Coming from a student of journalism, there is absolutely no reason the publication should have made such statements, they are educing themselves from the status of a profesional paper to a crummy tabloid, and the person who wrote that probably got fired...
    Lemoninfluence
    atkm2891 wrote: Wow, i wasn't aware you could sue people because of something they said...I'm so happy I don't live in fascist USA
    this happened in England. I don't see how people can not agree with sharon suing the sun. let's face it, if any of you were in her position you'd be suing aswell.
    lemmon182
    atkm2891 wrote: Wow, i wasn't aware you could sue people because of something they said...I'm so happy I don't live in fascist USA
    Uhm.. you can get sued anywhere by making false accusations about a person.. defamtion I think its called... Idiot
    eclectic_al
    The woman is amazing, honestly. Sharon didn't meet ozzy until early 80s...Sabbath has been around since the early 70s so that is incorrect[/quote] actually sharon was Don Ardon's daughter, who was black sabbath's manager, then she bought out the contract for ozzy after he was kicked out of sabbath, so there....
    scarfacesuit
    harpcicle wrote: dunno whos worse, her or courtney love
    Well, think of it this way... Sharon Osborn is keeping Ozzy alive for his money rather than forcing him into suicide. So it's either slavery or death. Which is worse depends on what you believe
    kenan6346
    I dunno the history of Ozzy's life with Sharon so I'm not gonna comment on that, but I'm gonna say that Randy probably wouldn't have stayed in the Ozzy Osbourne band and probably would've left to pursue different projects (such as classical guitar).
    liam177lewis
    "Sharon will keep Ozzy on the road until, like Tommy Cooper, he dies on stage". that would be an awesome stage show.
    poona
    Awesome. I don't like Sharon much but I despise The Sun, so this is good news to me.
    Tapping_Ninja
    If it wasn't for sharon there would be no Ozzy. He was so bummed out after being kicked out of black Sabbath that he had no motovation then sharon comes along and kicks him in the nuts and gets him going... OH and randy rhoads being a bad ass also's another reason he kept going.
    Retro Rocker
    HammettHead wrote: Will this woman ever stop? Fair enough, the views may be unfounded. But is there REALLY any need to sue? Or does she need to sue to fund her 'exorbitant spending'?
    People should learn not to be lying little bastards for their own benefit. Serves them right.
    Kotie
    you know it's a slow news day when UG starts posting news on family members of famous musicians that don't actually relate to music or even the the musician themselves. but whatevs. gj i guess.
    joekellington
    Kotie wrote: you know it's a slow news day when UG starts posting news on family members of famous musicians that don't actually relate to music or even the the musician themselves. but whatevs. gj i guess.
    I think she's like his manager though, and if even if she doesn't play music she has done some stuff without Ozzy that she isn't just the woman behind the musician, she seems pretty independant. As for the article, that is not news, and it doesn't belong in a newspaper. If somebody put that in an opinion section, then in all honesty, why comment on her? Why not comment on some local troubles or something like that. Not whine about the Osbournes.
    alkalineweeman
    Kotie wrote: you know it's a slow news day when UG starts posting news on family members of famous musicians that don't actually relate to music or even the the musician themselves. but whatevs. gj i guess.
    Sharon has managed ozzy for most of his career and set up ozzfest so i'd say she does relate to music and the musician.
    .QOTSA.
    Shaaaarrrrronnnn.... im sorry i couldnt help myself, it just happened
    Axe Samurai
    alkalineweeman wrote: Kotie wrote: you know it's a slow news day when UG starts posting news on family members of famous musicians that don't actually relate to music or even the the musician themselves. but whatevs. gj i guess.
    ....Maybe because this actual news is about how that "family member of a famous musician" was the one being verbally attacked. And Sharon osbourne herself is a very famous musical woman for her duties as manager for ozzy and promoter for events like Ozzfest, i doubt you read this article and said :S who's Sharon Osbourne?.
    Andy2k64
    awesome...the sun keep tryin to get away with this crap...it wont work!
    Silentlassassin
    Just think where they would be if Randy was still here Randy would keep Ozzy in check (even though Ozzy punched poor Randy in the face for suggesting he was gonna quit the band).... Just imagine.
    AEnima18
    ok yeah i hate sharon too, but i am grateful that she helped ozzy get his 80s solo career on track and brought him and randy rhoads together.