02/22/2008 at 11:00 AM EST
received an apology and damages Friday after a news agency falsely claimed that the I Am Legend
star had said Adolf Hitler was "a good person."
World Entertainment News Network had misrepresented the actor's actual words,
which were given during an interview with Scottish newspaper The Daily Record
in December 2007, London's High Court was told.
In a statement, Smith's lawyer, Rachel Atkins, said the actor believes Hitler to have been a "vile and heinous man."
Atkins called the allegations made in the WENN article "false and without any foundation." She also told the court that the claims had caused Smith "acute embarrassment." WENN agreed to pay the actor's legal costs and an undisclosed sum for damages, which the star intends to donate to charity.