Murdoch pays 7 phone hacking victims

2011-12-20 19:24
London - Rupert Murdoch's News International has paid out settlements to seven more prominent figures in the wake of the phone hacking scandal at its now-shuttered News of the World tabloid.

The company said in a statement on Tuesday it had settled claims brought by Princess Diana's former lover James Hewitt, ex-Liberal Democrat lawmaker Mark Oaten, TV presenter Ukrika Jonsson, model Abi Titmuss, and Paul Dadge, who helped rescue victims of the 2005 London transit bombings.

Theatrical agent Michelle Milburn and Calum Best, the son of soccer legend George Best, rounded out the settlement list.

The scandal over phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid boiled over after it emerged that journalists at the paper had routinely hacked into the phones of celebrities, politicians, sports figures and even crime victims.

The now-defunct tabloid has already settled with several prominent figures, including actor Sienna Miller and the family of murdered British schoolgirl Milly Dowler, whose phone was broken into by the paper soon after her disappearance in 2002.

The Dowler case in particular revolted Britons and was instrumental in pushing Prime Minister David Cameron to set up an inquiry into UK media ethics, which is still hearing from witnesses.

The terms of the new payments announced were not disclosed, but they are likely to be substantial. Miller received £100 000 ($157 000) in damages; the Dowlers were awarded £2m ($3.1m) plus £1m ($1.6m) from Murdoch himself.

The scandal has hit News International parent company News Corp hard, most notably by scrapping the company's multibillion-pound bid for full control of satellite broadcaster BSkyB.
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