Jury Finds Magazine Defamed Tennis Star, But Ruling Not Binding
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ A jury on Tuesday found a Swedish magazine guilty of defaming former tennis star Bjorn Borg by printing allegations he used drugs, but the verdict was not binding.
A formal ruling was expected in the case next week.
Borg, a five-time Wimbledon champion, sued the weekly magazine Z for $58,000 after it quoted his former girlfriend Jannicke Bjorling as saying he used drugs.
Z’s chief editor, Jorgen Widsell, told the court Tuesday he had three sources who said Borg had used cocaine. A day earlier, Borg denied in court that he ever used drugs.
His lawyer argued that the magazine knew Ms. Bjorling was in the midst of a bitter child-custody dispute with Borg at the time of her comments. The two, who were not married, have a son.
Before Tuesday’s verdict by the nine-member jury, Borg stormed out of the courthouse after the judge denied his attorney’s request to call an additional witness.
″This is enough for me. I’m leaving,″ Borg said. He told pursuing reporters: ″I do not care what you write.″
Three judges were to deliver a formal verdict in the case Monday.