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COSMO’S APOLOGY: British Cosmopolitan has issued an apology to Scarlett Johansson after the title published comments it attributed to the actress about her marriage to actor Ryan Reynolds, quotes her publicist later described as “wholly fabricated.”
“Cosmopolitan would like to apologize to our readers and Scarlett Johansson for inaccuracies in our January issue, where we said she talked about her marriage and her relationship with her husband,” the magazine said on its Web site Friday. “We now understand Ms. Johansson has not commented publicly on her married life and did not do so on this occasion.” The apology will also appear in British Cosmo’s February issue.
Johansson’s p.r. rep said Friday that it hadn’t yet been decided whether the actress would take further legal action against the title, which is published by Natmag, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hearst Magazines.
As reported, while part of the story that appeared in British Cosmopolitan was taken from an interview with Johansson that U.S. Cosmopolitan published in August, the additional quotes in which the actress allegedly discussed her marriage were attributed to an agency journalist, Francesca Williams. Johansson’s p.r. said that “Francesca Williams” later turned out to be a pseudonym.
— Nina Jones