Heather Mills, ex-wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney, and 90 others have won an apology and settlement from Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers after a virtually decade-long battle over claims of phone hacking.
Mills said the settlement stemmed from activity carried out 1999 - 2010. The amount claimants will receive hasn’t been publicly disclosed, although there are suggestions it could be historic. Ben Silverstone, representing News Group, said the company offered its “sincere apologies” to Mills and her sister for the distress caused to them by individuals working for or on behalf of News of the World - although the claims were settled on the basis News Group made no admission of liability in relation to their allegations of phone hacking at The Sun, the News Of The World’s sister paper.
Heather Mills has received a huge payout from Murdoch, whose company 'sincerely regrets ' causing her emotional distress...but does NOT admit liability !— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) July 8, 2019
Isn't paying hush-money to cover up criminal activities obstructing justice ?
Or would that cost lawyers too much ?
“The defendant accepts such activity should never have taken place and it had no right to intrude into the private lives of Heather Mills or Fiona Mills in this way,” he said.
The Mills sisters claimed in a statement they experienced “strange activity with their telephones, journalists and photographers turning up in unexpected locations” and the publication of private information “without any apparent identifiable source”, according to a statement read in court.
Heather Mills has won “the highest media libel settlement in British history” after settling her case against the publishers of the News of the World. Statement imminent, live @SkyNews— enda brady (@SkyEnda) July 8, 2019
The repeated publication of such information “caused a lot of distrust and suspicion” that a friend or family member was “betraying them and selling stories to the press”.
"My motivation to win this decade long fight stems from a desire to obtain justice. Not only for my family, my charities and myself, but for the thousands of innocent members of the public, who — like me — have suffered similar, ignominious, criminal treatment at the hands of one of the world's most powerful media groups," Mills said.
News UK has reportedly already paid out more than £400 million since 2011 & the slush fund to prevent the truth getting out is growing.. Press abuse victims have waited for many years to know the truth and Hacked Off will not stop until they get the justice they were promised.— Hacked Off (@hackinginquiry) July 8, 2019
Hacked Off, a group which represents victims of the phone hacking scandal, said in May the total bill for newspaper publishers could reach £1 billion.