News of the World faces law suit from Brangelina

A privacy action was initiated today against the News of the World over its story that alleged the H

In a story published on 24 January, the News of the World had claimed that the Pitt and Jolie had visited a divorce lawyer in December 2009 and agreed to divide their £205m fortune and custody of their six children.

The couple's London-based lawyers, Keith Schilling of Schillings, stated that the publication had failed to meet their clients' reasonable demands for a retraction and apology for these false allegations, which have now been widely republished by mainstream news media.

Schillings commenced a privacy action on behalf of their clients in the high court in London today against the News Group Newspapers, the News International subsidiary that publishes the News of the World.

The law firm said the News of the World article violated the Press Complaints Commission code of conduct that states that a significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion "once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and - where appropriate - an apology published".