CORRECTED: Despite scandal, Britain's Fergie accepts charity award
Britain's Sarah Ferguson has accepted an award for her work with a children's charity amid a swirl of scandal after she was filmed accepting cash for access to her former husband Prince Andrew.
US television footage of the gala event showed Ferguson as she accepted the award from the Variety International group, despite the media storm around her back home in Britain.
Ferguson in brief remarks at the soiree confessed late Sunday to having had "quite a heavy day," after the News of the World went public with its story of having set up the duchess
"I hate grownups, and I love children. Thank you very much," she said as she accepted her award at the Hollywood event, without directly alluding to the payola scandal which has become huge news on both side of the Atlantic.
Ferguson, who divorced from Queen Elizabeth II's second son in 1996, apologized Sunday for a "serious lapse in judgment" after the release of the film footage.
The video released by News of the World shows Sarah promising to provide a reporter posing to be a businessman extensive access to Prince Andrew in exchange for 500,000 pounds (723,000 dollars).
© 2010 AFP