Britain's Daily Mail has issued an unusual high-profile apology and will pay an unspecified settlement to Journey guitarist Neal Schon in connection with an article that falsely characterized him as a "deadbeat dad" who slighted his children and ex-wife while showering his fiancee with pricey jewelry.
The newspaper issued its statement regarding Schon and fiancee Michaele Salahi on the U.K. Home page of its Mail Online website.
"We accept that these allegations are untrue and apologise to Mr. Schon, Ms. Salahi and the family for any distress caused," the statement said. "We have agreed to pay Mr. Schon and Michaele damages and legal costs."
A spokeswoman for the "Don't Stop Believin'" guitarist said the amount of the settlement has not been released.
On Feb. 22, the tabloid trumpeted an "exclusive" report saying Schon left his ex-wife and children "so broke they can't buy food" and that he'd given Salahi, a "Real Housewives of D.C." costar famous for crashing a White House state dinner with her then-husband, a $1-million ring.