Kate Winslet's lawyers have issued parents' rights group Fathers4Justice with a legal letter, over its controversial new Christmas campaign.
The mother-of-three is the focus of the campaign, which bears her image with the caption: 'Kate, every child needs a father this Christmas.'
Kate, who gave birth to her third child earlier this month, has had her lawyers issue Fathers4Justice with a legal letter which claims the advert is 'misleading and seriously defamatory.'
The parents' rights group has used the Oscar-winner in its campaign following comments she made in a magazine interview earlier this year, which the rights group believe suggested she was not in support of shared parenting.
The 38-year-old actress explained in the article that she kept her children safe, by making sure they lived with her.
'My kids don't go back and forth,'she said. 'None of this 50/50 time with the mums and dads – my children live with me, that is it.'
Meanwhile, Sam Mendes, Kate's ex-husband and father to their child Joe, has also spoken out in defence of his former wife.
Speaking to the Mirror, the film and theatre director said: 'It is inappropriate for this organisation to involve my family and I when they know nothing of our personal circumstances.
'Whilst I fully support fathers’ rights, I can happily state this has never been a concern for me or my son.'
However, Fathers4Justice have defended their use of Kate in their campaign: 'We are running this advert as part of a campaign to highlight the sensitive issue of four million children waking up on Christmas Day without their father.'
'It is clear from what Kate says that she does not support ‘shared parenting.'
Kate has three children; her 13-year-old daughter, Mia, and 9 year-old son Joe son from two previous relationships, and a baby son with her husband Ned Rocknroll.
Kate Winslet's agents have declined to comment at this time.
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