Earlier this month, Morrissey filed a libel suit against NME for publishing an interview back in November 2007 that the singer says was defamatory. This week, England’s High Court made a decision that will allow the case to go to trial.
Having been delayed on Morrissey’s side since May 2008, the claim was being challenged by NME in an attempt to have it dropped. The BBC reports that a judge associated with the claim said that the singer had “a very serious claim” that was delayed for “credible” reasons.
Now with the claim going to court, Morrissey will be suing former NME editor Conor McNicholas and NME publisher IPC Media.
The November 28, 2007 interview, Morrissey is quoted as saying that immigration into the UK weakens the British identity:
“the gates of England are flooded. The country’s been thrown away… Although I don’t have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears.”
He now claims that that statement was taken out of context.
However, he was cited in a Guardian interview last year as saying “”You can’t help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecies [due to] their treatment of animals and animal welfare.