Daily Mail Settles J.K. Rowling Suit, Apologizes for LyingKate Dries5/08/14 12:20pmFiled to: j.k. rowlingthe daily maillawsuitlibelsettlement50EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe Daily Mail is a publication that regularly produces stories. Some of these stories are fact, some of them are based in fact and some of them are not even close to fact. But when they've published stories in that last category, they have to apologize and they usually do so in a big way. Enter: J.K. Rowling's non-issues with her church.AdvertisementIn September, the Daily Mail printed an article (that they've since removed) with the moving title of "How JK Rowling's sob story about her past as a single mother has left the churchgoers who cared for her upset and bewildered." Good stuff! Except it turned out to be utter bullshit.In the piece, the Daily Mail used a post Rowling wrote for the Gingerbread charity about her years as a single mom to allege that Rowling felt she had been stigmatized by members of her church before she was wealthy. The segment they expanded into a story reads:AdvertisementI remember the woman who visited the church one day when I was working there who kept referring to me, in my hearing, as The Unmarried Mother. I was half annoyed, half amused: unmarried mother? Ought I to be allowed in a church at all? Did she see me in terms of some Victorian painting: The Fallen Woman, Filing, perhaps? The Mail then went ahead and interviewed parishioners of the church who were upset that Rowling might have turned on them. ("It's all fairly confusing," said one. Maybe because it's fake?) "With these kinds of great fortune, possibly it is time for Pass up Rowling to thank her lucky stars for her gilded existence as a substitute of harping on about how terrible her ton was in the earlier," the Mail wrote. "Why, she may well even show gratitude to those who aided her in individuals much off times."Rowling sued the paper over the story, alleging that it had injured her reputation and made it seem as though she "accused her fellow churchgoers of behaving in a bigoted, unchristian manner towards her, of stigmatising her and cruelly taunting her for being a single mother."