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Morrissey vs. NME Kicks Off in July

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Morrissey vs. NME Kicks Off in July

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Stop us if you think you’ve heard this one before: After months in the making, Morrissey’s libel case against the NME will be held this summer, from July 16-19. Way back in 2007, the NME published an interview with the former Smiths singer in which he apparently decried the decline in British nationalism and the rise in immigration, sounding very much like one of those crotchety old English racists. Calling the quotes a fabrication, Morrissey refused an apology on the magazine’s website and instead decided to reclaim his reputation in the only modern way: by suing the shit out of them. British libel laws are notoriously flexible in favor of the claimant, so this could turn out poorly for the NME considering they’d already made an admission of guilt. (Reached for comment, the singer said: “Please, please, please let me get what I want: a stupid amount of money.”) Hopefully he’ll still have enough time to fight for elephant liberation.