A psychic won a defamation lawsuit! Her name is Sally Morgan and she successfully sued the Daily Mail for implying her shows were staged.
Sally Morgan’s Psychic Defamation Case
Remember that Steve Martin movie, Leap of Faith, where he plays a healer? In the flick, he has a team of “spotters” who gather information about the hopeful masses at his revival gatherings. When the spectacle starts, the helpers feed Martin all the gathered information via a barely visible ear piece.
Well, the above scenario is pretty close to how audience members described clairvoyant Sally Morgan’s Dublin show — and they shared the story on a radio program.
Having caught wind of the potential fake out in Dublin, Paul Zenon, a magician, included the pair’s anecdote in an article he penned for the Daily Mail article about psychics. According to Morgan’s lawsuit, Zenon committed the ultimate civil wrong by labeling psychics as “charlatans” and accusing her of using “a hidden earpiece during her performance in order to receive instructions from her team which she then repeated on stage as if she had received them from the spirit world.”
Needless to say, Morgan was not impressed with Zenon’s piece. Retractions were demanded and not given. Presumably frustrated, Morgan finally filed a defamation claim.
A Psychic Won A Defamation Lawsuit! (But How?)
Either Morgan’s attorney a) is a great lawyer, b) knows how to use “The Force,” or c) both. Because after what must have been some convincing litigating, abracadabra, Associated Newspapers agreed to pay ole’ Sally “substantial damages” for insinuating her psychic revivals were a scam. The Daily Mail even printed an apology.
“The Daily Mail withdraws the suggestion that Mrs. Morgan used a secret earpiece at her Dublin show in September 2011 to receive messages from off-stage, thereby cheating her audience, which it accepts is untrue.”
Point ghost whisperers? (Regardless, we’re pretty sure there is at least one person considering using this case to support their own psychic defamation legal woes, Presley (a.k.a. Angel) – the Texas grannie whose visions resulted in an awkward moment between a swat team and her neighbor’s.)