03/03/2008 at 09:00 AM EST
Rosanna Arquette has received undisclosed damages and an apology from the Britain's News of the World
after it ran a story in November claiming the actress once had a drug problem, reports the BBC
"This upsetting and untrue allegation has caused me a lot of distress," said the Desperately Seeking Susan
star and sometimes-companion of Paul McCartney
In its article retraction, the newspaper said, "We are happy to clarify the situation and apologize to Ms. Arquette. ... In fact, her only involvement with drugs was when she experimented with marijuana when she was a teenager some 30 years ago."
Arquette intends to contribute the monetary damages to the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, saying of the entire incident: "I felt it was something I had to take action about, and I feel so much better now that the true position has been made clear."
– Stephen M. Silverman