London’s High Court has ordered Mirror Group Newspapers to pay £1.2m in compensation to eight celebrities who were found victims of phone-hacking.
Celebrities awarded payments include actress Sadie Frost, former footballer Paul Gascoigne , the BBC executive Alan Yentob, Coronation Street actor Shobna Gulati, flight attendant Lauren Alcorn, TV producer Robert Ashworth and actors Lucy Taggart and Shane Richie.
Phone-hacking victims sued the newspaper group saying their lives ‘torn apart’ by decade of mistrust and paranoia.
Justice Mann while delivering the ruling on Thursday described it as “very substantial” payouts after considering the scale of intrusion suffered by the eight claimants.
‘’The phone hacking was part of a large-scale pattern of the unlawful obtaining of information” by journalists at the newspaper group”, the judge said.