Heather Mills & Sister Fiona Mills Reach Settlement News Corp In Decade-Old Phone Hacking Scandal
Heather Mills and her sister, Fiona Mills, have finally gotten the “substantial” settlement that they have been waiting a long time for.
After a decade-old phone hacking scandal, Ruper Murdoch‘s News Group Newspapers has agreed to pay Heather and Fiona a cash settlement.
Heather, former wife of Paul McCartney, said in a statement in front of the High Court in London on Monday, that she and her sister were the victims of a “targeted smear campaign” that included “hacking, invasion of privacy, and the publication of countless falsehoods and lies.”
Both Heather and Fiona said they experienced strange activity with their telephones between 1998 and 2008 in a court statement.
“My motivation to win this decade long fight stems from a desire to obtain justice,” said Mills. “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.”
British tabloid News of the World apologized for hacking the voicemails of celebrities, royals, murder victims and other high-profile figures in 2011. News Corp, the parent company of News of the World, later shut down the news outlet amid a parliamentary and police investigation. The tabloid was mainly involved in most phone hacking cases, but other UK newspapers have also settled cases.
News Group Newspapers, a division of News Corp (NWSA), described the settlement amount as “substantial.” As part of the settlement, the company did not admit liability related to alleged voicemail interception or other unlawful information gathering at the Sun, another News Corp. tabloid.
“The defendants is here today, through me, to offer its sincere apologies to Mrs. Heather Mills and Ms. Fiona Mills for the distress caused to them by the invasion of their privacy by individuals working for or on behalf of the News of the World,” said an attorney for the company to the court. “The defendants accepts that such activity should never have taken place and, that it had no right to intrude into the private lives of Mrs. Heather Mills or Ms. Fiona Mills in this way.”