Showbiz Phone-hacking Victims to Receive Share of $1.96 Million

LONDON — The Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror newspapers have been forced to pay damages totaling nearly £1.25 million ($1.96 million) to eight victims of phone-hacking, many of them from the world of showbiz.

The victims had suffered a “serious infringement of privacy,” the judge, Mr. Justice Mann, concluded at the end of the three-week hearing at London’s High Court.

The biggest payout went to actress Sadie Frost, the former wife of Jude Law. She won £260,000 ($408,000). During the trial, Frost had described how phone hacking had made her distrust the “closest people in my life.” She had added: “When you lose trust in your friends and family, it is a very lonely place to be.”

Other showbiz figures receiving payouts included the BBC’s creative director Alan Yentob; actress Shobna Gulati, who starred in the rating-topping ITV soap opera “Coronation Street”; TV producer Robert Ashworth; and actors Lucy Taggart and Shane Richie, both stars of hit BBC soap opera “EastEnders.”

More than 100 stories about the eight victims were published using information from the phone hacking, the court was told.

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