Fifteen Prominent Personalities and Celebrities Settle Phone Hacking Complaints Against News of the World

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Fifteen Prominent Personalities and Celebrities Settle Phone Hacking Complaints Against News of the World


A number of prominent personalities and celebrities have settled claims against News Group Newspapers (NGN) for phone hacking in the now defunct News of the World.

Lawyers representing 15 prominent figures, including Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri, actor Sean Bean and cricketer Shane Warne, read statements to Judge Fancourt in the High Court on Wednesday.

NGN has agreed to pay “substantial damages” to each claimant along with their legal costs.

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A number of prominent personalities and celebrities have settled claims against News Group newspapers

The group includes actresses Julia and Nadia Sawalha and Michelle Collins, former TV presenter Dani Behr, singer Dane Bowers and former Coronation Street actors Richard Fleeshman and Quintin Lawson – also known as Charlie Lawson – who have played Jim McDonald in the soap opera.

News Group Newspapers has since apologized for News of the World’s actions but has never admitted any responsibility for the Sun’s phone hacking allegations.

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In a statement read on behalf of Bean, his attorney Elizabeth McClenan said he took legal action after receiving information from the Metropolitan Police about how his information was used for articles published between 1996 and 2011.

She told the court: “The plaintiff accepted the defendant’s offer to resolve this claim on confidential terms between the parties. “

In a statement read on behalf of Spiteri, her attorney Callum Galbraith told the court that she was an “obvious person to be targeted by the press”, both because of her success with Texas and her friendship with a certain number of people in the public eye. , including family members of Paul McCartney.

He said: “There were published articles dealing with issues relating, for example, to Ms Spiteri’s separation from her long-time partner (a private matter which she said was not known to her close family at the time) , his home, his fate and the birth of his daughter.

“Ms. Spiteri believes that the publication of the articles has had a detrimental effect on her private and family life and is appalled that she will never regain control of her private information. “

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Speaking on behalf of NGN, Ben Silverstone said: “The defendant is here today, through me, to apologize sincerely to Ms Spiteri for the distress caused to her by the invasion of her privacy. by people working for or on behalf of News. Of the world.

“Defendant acknowledges that such an activity should never have taken place and that he did not have the right to interfere in Ms. Spiteri’s privacy.” »

Since the phone hacking scandal first came to light and led to the closure of News of the World in 2011, NGN has settled a number of claims related to the illegal collection of information.

In July, Ronan Keating accepted “substantial damages” after claiming that his voicemail messages were intercepted by NGN reporters between 1996 and 2011.

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