DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star Teri Hatcher has triumphed in her legal battle with British newspaper The Daily Sport, accepting "very substantial" libel damages in London's High Court today (16DEC05).

The Hollywood star, 40, filed suit against the Manchester, England-based tabloid last month (NOV05) after they "falsely alleged that she engages in sex romps on a regular basis with a series of men in a Volkswagen van parked outside her LA home for this purpose", leaving her young daughter EMERSON unsupervised at home.

Her lawyer SIMON SMITH told Judge JUSTICE TUGENDHAT, "The grossly defamatory allegations are entirely false, deeply offensive and utterly without foundation."

The Daily Sport has agreed to publish a front-page apology over the report, which appeared in the newspaper on 25 July and 3 August (05).

Smith adds, "As a mark of its regret, the defendant has since agreed to publish a prominent front-page apology and to enter into this statement to unequivocally apologise for the deep distress and acute embarrassment caused by its allegations, which it acknowledges were completely false.

"The defendant has also agreed to pay very substantial damages to the claimant for the libel and to reimburse the claimant's legal costs in full."

The Sport said they had received the "interview" from a "trusted" source, but had now realised the claims were totally false.

A statement from Hatcher says, "But when a story appeared about me, insinuating that I am an irresponsible and neglectful parent, I had to draw the line. I will never allow any tabloid to so egregiously attack the area of my life which I give top priority, and that is my parenting."

Hatcher accepted an apology from US tabloid National Enquirer yesterday (15DEC05) after they published a similar story from a "world exclusive" interview with journalist PATRICIA NOLAN.