There is no defence in defamation in the law of England and Wales that the Plaintiff is a public figure. That would be to import a defence from the United States.
England and Wales
Appeal from – Bennett and others v Guardian Newspapers Limited CA 22-Jan-1997
The existence of other rumours as to a plaintiff’s character do not reduce the damages to be awarded for the distress caused by the libel in a libel action. . .
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Updated: 02 May 2022; Ref: scu.78334