News Of The World Settles With Dozens Of Phone Hacking Victims Including Jude Law

UPDATE, 10:30 AM: Payout amounts of some 15 of the now 37 claims to be settled today have been revealed. According to The Associated Press, Jude Law received £130,000 and his ex-wife Sadie Frost got £50,000, while other payments were in the tens of thousands of pounds. The AP says News Group Newspapers admitted that information for 16 articles about Law that ran in the News Of The World from 2003 to 2006 had been obtained by phone hacking, and that he had been placed under “repeated and sustained physical surveillance.” The company also admitted that articles in The Sun misused the actor’s private information. In a statement, Law said he considered the tabloids had been “prepared to do anything to sell their newspapers and to make money, irrespective of the impact it had on people’s lives.” He said despite changing his phones and having his house swept for bugs, private information continued to be published. He added: “For me, this case was never about money. It was about standing up for myself and finding out what had happened. I owed it to my friends and family as well as myself to do this.”

PREVIOUS, 3:51 AM: News Corp’s News International has settled 36 more News Of The World phone-hacking cases, including those of Jude Law, his ex-wife Sadie Frost, soccer player Ashley Cole and singer Dannii Minogue. The suits alleged that management at News Group Newspapers, the News International subsidiary that published the News Of The World until it closed this summer amid the scandal, were aware of illegal practices by journalists. According to reports, News Group Newspapers has neither admitted nor denied claims senior management knew of such goings-on at News Of The World. However, the company has agreed that compensation to the claimants can be assessed on that basis. A provocative statement from the victims’ lawyers reads: “News Group has agreed to compensation being assessed on the basis that senior employees and directors of NGN knew about the wrongdoing and sought to conceal it by deliberately deceiving investigators and destroying evidence.” Per The Guardian, the victims will receive larger-than-normal sums for such cases. In 2011, Law’s former partner, Sienna Miller, was awarded £100,000 for her phone-hacking claims. Other parties said to have settled today include former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott and HJK, the anonymous man who recently testified behind closed doors at the Leveson inquiry into UK media ethics and who is believed to have had a relationship with a celebrity.

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