McAlpine lawyer: Settlement with BBC likely

Lord McAlpine lawyer: Settlement with BBC likely to be reached Thursday

Associated Press

LONDON (AP) -- A lawyer for the Conservative Party politician wrongly implicated in a child sex abuse scandal says a settlement with the BBC is likely to be reached shortly.

Lawyer Andrew Reid told BBC Radio Thursday morning that a settlement between Alistair McAlpine and the BBC is expected later Thursday.

BBC has already apologized for implicating McAlpine, a member of the House of Lords, to child sex abuse that happened decades ago in Wales.

McAlpine told BBC Radio Thursday that he had been shocked by the BBC report, which did not name him but led to mistaken Internet chatter about his purported role.

He said BBC never contacted him to try to verify the reports. He said he would have told the broadcaster the reports were rubbish.

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