David Duchovny

The U.K.'s Daily Mail is acknowledging that an article it published about the nature of the relationship between David Duchovny and a tennis instructor is "inaccurate."

"On October 19, an article about actor David Duchovny may have suggested he had an amorous relationship with a tennis coach, Edit Pakay," the paper said in a statement.

"We now accept this is inaccurate and Ms. Pakay and Mr. Duchovny are only friends who used to play tennis occasionally. Their relationship went no further and was not a factor in Mr. and Mrs. Duchovny's separation.  We apologize to Ms. Pakay, Mr. Duchovny and to Mr. Duchovny's family."

The paper had published the piece on the heels of news that Duchovny and his wife, Téa Leoni, were separated. Several days after its publication, the actor's lawyer announced that he was planning to sue the Daily Mail.

Did the original article affect your view of Duchovny? Do you think the retraction will affect public perception of him?