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A newspaper “was going to publish a story about a member of my family, not about me, that was no way in the public interest,” Coogan said. “The correspondence that led to them not publishing cost me between 15,000 and 20,000 pounds.”

Mosley won damages from the now-defunct News of The World tabloid after it wrongly alleged he had participated in a Nazi-themed orgy. In a legal case, Mosley acknowledged the orgy but denied it had any Nazi theme.

“I was told if I won, it would cost me tens of thousands of pounds (dollars). If I lost it would cost me one million pounds,” Mosley said.

“To put at risk one million pounds is something very few people can do, or would do.”