Shields' hit isn't the only one The National Enquirer has taken recently. Friday night, Farrah Fawcett called the magazine as "invasive and malignant as cancer" during the premiere of "Farrah's Story," her self-shot documentary about her cancer battle. The documentary also featured video of Fawcett ripping up a National Enquirer story headlined "Ailing Farrah 'Wants to Die.'"
Of all the tabloid magazines and broadsheets on newsstands, The National Enquirer probably incites more anger among its celebrity subjects than any other. Often, their outrage turns to litigation.
Kirstie Alley threatened to sue The National Enquirer in 2008, when the magazine alleged that diet company Jenny Craig canned her as its spokesperson because she had gained weight. (The headline "Fired for Being for Being Too Fat!" left little to interpretation.) Alley told USA Today the magazine's report was "hurtful and harmful to me. I'm going to litigate. It's chronic and has been chronic for the last three years. This one is extremely damaging." In the end, however, Alley decided not to file a lawsuit.
Not so with Kate Hudson. In November 2005, the actress sued The National Enquirer after the tabloid published pictures of her under the headline "Goldie [Hawn, Hudson's mom] Tells Kate: Eat Something! And She Listens!," suggesting, according to Hudson, that she was anorexic. In July 2006, Hudson won her libel suit against the paper, which printed an apology and paid an undisclosed amount of damages for the distress it caused her.
Earlier that year, in February 2005, Ashley Olsen sprang to action after The National Enquirer published a report titled "Ashley Olsen Caught in Drug Scandal." The billionaire businesswoman and actress sued the tabloid for $40 million, accusing the magazine of libel and invasion of privacy.
According to the lawsuit, the photo accompanying the story was "clearly designed to create the misimpression that she was 'drugged.'" Olsen also took issue with the Enquirer linking her to her-then boyfriend Scott Sartiano, who at the time, was being investigated by the FBI for allegedly selling ecstasy and cocaine. (His case was dismissed by a federal court in Los Angeles in November 2005.)
The tabloid apologized to Olsen in October 2005, printing a clarification notice that read, "The National Enquirer wants to make clear to its readers that, by its cover and headlines, it did not intend to accuse Ms. Olsen of being involved in any drug scandal." Phone calls to Olsen's representative to determine if she also got a monetary settlement were not immediately returned.
In 2000, singer Celine Dion sued The National Enquirer for publishing a story falsely claiming she was pregnant was twins. Dion won $20 million from the magazine, in the form of a donation to the American Cancer Society, along with a printed apology and full retraction.
Actor Patrick Swayze, who is battling pancreatic cancer, blasted the Enquirer for its March 6 story about his health, headlined "The End." The piece said he had just five weeks to live.