Press: Enquirer Belted

Burnett's $1.6 million punch

Flashbulbs popped and reporters shouted questions when a jubilant Carol Burnett emerged from Los Angeles county superior court last week, hugging fans and signing autographs for jurors. After eight days of testimony and three of deliberation, the jurors had provided a classic Tinseltown ending to a televised trial that was followed as avidly as a soap opera. They awarded Burnett a whopping $1.6 million in damages in her libel suit against the sensation-seeking National Enquirer (circ. 5,100,000). Said the relieved star: "There is a God."

The verdict capped a five-year legal battle that began when the Enquirer claimed...

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