LONDON – Singer Charlotte Church was awarded a settlement of $951,000 in her phone hacking case against News Corp.'s UK tabloid-newspaper unit, London's High Court confirmed Monday.
Church was the last of about 60 victims, who filed before a court deadline last October, to agree a compensation package with News Group Newspapers, the publisher of the now-closed News of the World tabloid. The case was just days away from coming to court. Half of the settlement covers Church's legal costs. The other half will go to the singer and her parents in damages.
Among the other cases recently settled by News Corp. are those of comedian Steve Coogan, Liberal Democrat lawmaker Simon Hughes and sports agent Sky Andrew. Coogan received £40,000 plus legal costs. Andrew received £75,000 plus legal costs, while Hughes received £45,000 plus legal costs.
More than 50 further phone hacking claims, filed after the October deadline, are still to be considered, including that of the wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair. Cherie Blair, a prominent lawyer, launched legal proceedings last Tuesday.
News Corp. also publishes NewsCore.