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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Plisetskaya Wins $380 Libel Suit

Renowned ballerina Maya Plisetskaya on Friday won a libel suit against a Moscow newspaper that reported she had given birth to a daughter in secret.

A Moscow court ruled that the newspaper Moskovskiye Vedomosti must pay damages of 10,000 rubles ($380) and publish a retraction within 10 days, Itar-Tass reported.

According to the news agency, the newspaper in March reported that Plisetskaya had given birth to a daughter in 1978 and that the purported daughter now lived in Israel.

Plisetskaya, 75, said in her suit that the report had sparked an avalanche of telephone calls from friends, relatives, and strangers, Itar-Tass said.

Plisetskaya, famed for her work with the Bolshoi Theater ballet company, celebrated her birthday in November by dancing at the theater as part of a gala concert.