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    Kate Moss Spikes Tabloid Tale

    A British paper that dared to suggest Kate Moss had engaged in less than model behavior has been forced to eat its words.

    The supermodel was awarded hefty libel damages on Wednesday against London's Sunday Mirror, which published a story in January claiming that Moss passed out after overindulging in cocaine during a June 2001 visit to Barcelona.

    The article, also published on the Sunday Mirror's Website, bore the headline "Kate in Cocaine Coma" and alleged that Moss had "collapsed into a drug-induced coma and had to be revived after taking vast quantities of cocaine."

    "The allegations are untrue," Moss' lawyer, Gerard Tyrrell, said Wednesday.

    Tyrrell said that publisher Mirror Group Newspapers Limited, which publishes the Sunday Mirror, accepted that the story was false and should never have been published.

    The two parties agreed to a settlement that Tyrrell deemed "substantial," though he did not release exact figures.

    The newspaper was also asked to make a public apology to Moss, which it did through its lawyer.

    "The defendant apologizes to Miss Moss for the distress and embarrassment they have caused her," Mirror Group attorney Philip Conway told the court.

    Moss was not present for the ruling.

    Though Moss, 31, was vindicated by the court's decision, the Calvin Klein muse has admitted to overdoing it on the party circuit in the past.

    In 1998, Moss checked herself into rehab, complaining of "exhaustion," but she later admitted she'd been hitting the bottle and getting high before hopping on the catwalk.

    "I've been doing a lot of hard work and too much partying," the model told London's Mirror at the time.

    Moss has been linked on and off with troubled ex-Libertines frontman Pete Doherty, who has publicly struggled with drug addiction.

    Last month, Doherty claimed to have given up using heroin and crack cocaine for Moss' sake and said that he hoped to wed the model some time this summer.

    Moss has a two-year-old daughter, Lila Grace, with ex-boyfriend Jefferson Hack.

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