Rupert Murdoch Settles With Jude Law, Other Phone Hacking Victims
Actor Jude Law, 39, is among the 36 names receiving a settlement from mogul Rupert Murdoch's media empire to compensate for the massive phone hacking scandal that rocked the U.K. last year.
The settlements handed out to victims total hundreds of thousands of dollars paid by Murdoch's company on the basis "that senior employees and directors … knew about the wrongdoing and sought to conceal it by deliberately deceiving investigators and destroying evidence," according to a statement issued by the lawyers of the hacking victims, reports The New York Times.
Though many details of the settlements have not been released, it was disclosed that Law received approximately $200,000 in damages, while his ex-wife, fashion designer Sadie Frost, received $77,000 and his assistant, Ben Jackson, got $40,000. Other recipients were Welsh rugby player Gavin Henson, former model Abi Titmuss, former British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, television personality Ulrika Jonsson, singer Dannii Minogue, Princess Diana's former lover James Hewitt, and 28 others.
Lawyers point out that these settlements only cover "a fraction of potential victims," and that the final figures for the Murdoch team could run into tens of millions of pounds.
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