McCann 'Tapas Seven' friends win £375,000 in damages
The friends of Kate and Gerry McCann who were dining when the couple when their daughter went missing in Portugal, who came to be known as teh "tapas seven" in the UK media, have won libel damages from Express Newspapers. Their suit alleged that the papers had insinuated that the Tapas Seven had covered up what they knew about the girl's dissapearance.
THE friends known as the Tapas Seven, who were on holiday with Kate and Gerry McCann when daughter Madeleine vanished, accepted £375,000 libel damages at London's High Court from Express Newspapers today. The damages that were paid out over claims they had covered up the true facts concerning Madeleine's disappearance are to be donated to the Find Madeleine Fund.
In a joint statement, the friends said outside court that they "strongly" feel that the defamatory stories were "detrimental to the search for Madeleine".