UK Actors Settle Phone Hacking Claims With British Tabloid
David Walliams, a judge on Britain’s Got Talent, and Martin Clunes, star on Doc Martin, along with several other actors recently settled a lawsuit with a British newspaper over the hacking their cellphones.
Walliams and others sued Mirror Group Newspapers, the publisher of tabloids, including the Mirror for illegally intercepting the actors voicemails.
Roddy Chisholm Batten, Walliams’ lawyer, alleged that they were targeted by the publisher for almost a decade, from 2003-2010. They also alleged that the newspapers published 45 news articles from the intercepted voicemails.
Batten told Britain’s High Court that Walliams “suffered distress and embarrassment as a result of the misuse of his private information” and that many of the published articles were “highly intrusive.”
The publisher apologized for their wrongdoing and agreed to settle and compensate with the celebrities involved.