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Gets Pounded

for False Report

12/11/2008 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A London tabloid admits they told a false story about Josh Hartnett and a steamy encounter in a hotel there, and today he's 20,000 pounds richer.

The Daily Mirror will have to shell out around $30,000 to Josh in libel damages. The paper's lawyer acknowledged a story they ran about Hartnett having sex in a library at the Soho Hotel was false, and apologized for any "distress, hurt and embarrassment" it caused.

Josh is giving the money to charity.

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