updated 11/03/2009 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 11/03/2009 AT 8:15 AM ET
Academy Award winner Kate Winslet said Tuesday she was “delighted” to win a payout of about $40,000 from a British newspaper that said she lied about her exercise regime.
“I strongly believe that women should be encouraged to accept themselves as they are, so to suggest that I was lying was an unacceptable accusation of hypocrisy,” the 33-year-old mother of two said in a statement. In January, Winslet told reporters she was going “easy” on herself and not exercising at all during the hectic awards season.
She has frequently stated women should be proud to accept how they look, so when the Daily Mail ran the report, which her lawyers claimed was “misleading the public,” she had to act.