Phone-hacking pay-out for Duchess
THE Duchess of York (above) headed a list of 17 people who have settled their phone-hacking damages claims.
She received a "comprehensive and categoric" apology and a "significant payment in damages" from News Group Newspapers (NGN), said solicitor Paul Tweed after the announcements at London's High Court yesterday.
Other celebrities who received damages, costs and a public apology from NGN were singer James Blunt, actors Christopher Eccleston and Hugh Grant, entertainer Uri Geller, former Labour minister Geoffrey Robinson, actress and singer Kerry Katona, and presenters June Sarpong and Jeff Brazier.
Less well-known names included anthropologist and adventurer Christopher Terrill, Hilary Perrin, Labour's director of regional organisation, and Richard Reardon, the parish priest of singer Charlotte Church and her parents. None of the payments were disclosed – except in the case of Colin Stagg, who was wrongly accused of the murder of Rachel Nickell – and is to receive £15,500 plus costs.
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