Actress Kathleen Turner officially joins the ranks of Margaret Seltzer and James Frey today, having admitted through a lawyer that certain parts of her recent memoir are untrue. In the book, published stateside in February as Send Yourself Roses by an imprint of Hachette Book Group USA, Ms. Turner wrote that during the filming of the 1986 film Peggy Sue Got Married, Mr. Cage was "arrested twice for drunk-driving and, I think, for stealing a dog. He’d come across a Chihuahua he liked and stuck it in his jacket." The line also appeared as part of an excerpt published in UK paper The Daily Mail under the headline, "Why I detest Burt Reynolds and Nicolas Cage."
Incensed by the allegations, Mr. Cage filed a libel suit against Ms. Turner, her UK publisher, and The Daily Mail; Reuters reports that the suit was settled today in a London court:
Cage’s lawyer Simon Smith dismissed as "utter falsity" a section of Turner’s book "Send Yourself Roses," describing the actors’ experience working together on the set of the movie "Peggy Sue Got Married" in 1986.
Turner, Headline Publishing Group and Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers now accept that, owing to a mistake on Turner’s part and despite the other defendants’ publishing in good faith, the allegations were defamatory and false, Smith said.
All three agreed to pay Cage’s legal costs and make a donation to a charity chosen by him that helps the victims of elder abuse, Smith said.