, 21, is taking English tabloid the Daily Mail
to court, The Online Press Gazette
reports. The Pirates of the Caribbean
star claims the newspaper indicated that she tried to mislead the public about whether she had an eating disorder.
The problem started on January 11 when London's Daily Mail
ran an article, accompanied by a bikini shot of Knightley looking extra skinny, remarking on her slim appearance. The article went on to report a teenage girl's death from anorexia, indicating that Knightley's physical appearance may have influenced her in some way.
By implying that Knightley also suffers from anorexia, the paper is in effect calling her a liar, because she has publicly stated that she doesn't suffer from the disease.
"Ms Knightley has publicly denied suggestions that she might be anorexic or have a similar eating disorder, including in a prominent way at a well-publicized press conference...in London last summer," said Simon Smith
, who represents Knightley.
Smith continued on to say that in the proceedings they "will show that she does not have anorexia; and further will challenge the suggestion that she is responsible and to blame for the tragic death of the teenage girl by setting a bad example."
The case is expected to reach court later this year or early 2008 if it does not settle.
Knightley in Hawaii, Jan. 7, 2007.