Russell Brand sues the Sun; donates money to Hillsborough victims

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Comedian Russell Brand says he intends to donate the money he won from suing the Sun to victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the disaster, which saw 96 Liverpool fans lose their lives during an FA Cup semi-final game against Nottingham Forest in 1989 at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground. 766 others were injured because of the crush in the Leppings Lane end.

In the the aftermath of the tragedy, the Sun ran an inflammatory story which blamed fans for the deaths of their fellow supporters, and also accused them of hindering the police's efforts to provide aid under the headline 'The Truth'.

Since then victims and Liverpool supporters have been fighting for justice under the campaign 'Justice for the 96' - which they took a giant step towards when an independent report published in 2012 found that police attempted to cover up their own failings by blaming fans for the disaster.

Prime Minister David Cameron offered an apology upon the publication of the report, while a new inquest into how 96 people died on April 15 1989 was launched earlier this month.

Brand, an avid West Ham supporter, successfully sued the Sun after it ran an article claiming he had cheated on his girlfriend Jemima Khan with glamour model Sophie Coady.

He tweeted yesterday: "I got some money suing The S*n who lied about me. I am making a donation to the #JFT96 campaign. A tiny piece of justice."

His generosity was well received by Liverpool fans, with over 13,000 people retweeting the message.

However the gesture didn't please all, with QPR midfielder Joey Barton urging him not to do so.

The 31-year-old wrote: "@rustyrockets whilst its a lovely gesture mate. The people of Liverpool wouldn't want their money. They have their lies to live with forever. No amount of money could ever begin to cover the cost of the lies they peddled 25 years ago."

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