- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Herald will pay more than $900,000 after agreeing not to seek to overturn a court ruling that it defamed a woman it had alleged had engaged in “sexual acts” with an inmate at a state prison in Bridgewater.

Spokeswoman Gwen Gage said on Thursday that the Boston Herald has agreed to drop its appeal in the libel case stemming from a 2009 report by a former reporter.

The newspaper had reported that Joanna Marinova got help from state Rep. Gloria Fox to sneak into the Old Colony Correctional Center, where the woman engaged in “sexual acts” with an inmate.

A jury ruled against the newspaper in March. The court ordered the newspaper to pay the woman more than $877,000 for emotional distress and interest, together with nearly $26,000 in damages and court costs.

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