Pop beauty Britney Spears is seeking an apology from a leading American newspaper which claimed she was boozing last week (begs12JUL04).

The TOXIC star, 22, has rubbished stories she was afternoon drinking after being photographed swigging from a small bottle - which The New York Post claimed "appears to be whisky".

Spears' lawyer MARTIN SINGER claims it was a ginseng non-alcoholic herbal tonic which she drinks to give her an energy boost.

A clerk at the Californian store where Spears made the purchases says she bought a can of RED BULL and a bottle of PANAX RED GINSENG.

Spears has asked for a retraction, apology and a financial settlement.

By Sunday (18JUL04) the paper had not yet made a retraction.

19/07/2004 17:08