Doc­tor Who star wins dam­ages in phone-hack­ing court hear­ing

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

AC­TOR DAVID Tennant has re­ceived sub­stan­tial dam­ages and an apol­ogy from News Group News­pa­pers over phone-hack­ing at the News of the World.

The 46-year-old Doc­tor Who and Broad­church star, in­set, was among six in­di­vid­u­als who set­tled their claims for mis­use of pri­vate in­for­ma­tion and breach of con­fi­dence at Lon­don’s High Court.

The oth­ers were Olympic medal­list Colin Jack­son, ac­tress Sophia Myles, party plan­ner Fran Cut­ler, fash­ion de­signer Jess Mor­ris and Tanya Frayne, ex-wife of foot­baller David James.

The amount of dam­ages was not re­vealed at the hear­ing be­fore Mr Jus­tice Mann at a hear­ing yes­ter­day.

Coun­sel Sara Man­soori said that it was agreed that NGN made no ad­mis­sion of li­a­bil­ity in re­la­tion to their claims re­lat­ing to The Sun.

Ms Man­soori said that Mr Tennant, who ap­peared in Harry Pot­ter and the Gob­let

of Fire, “is a very pri­vate in­di­vid­ual and he is out­raged and shocked by the in­va­sions of his pri­vacy by in­di­vid­u­als work­ing for or act­ing on be­half of the News of the World”.

Ben Sil­ver­stone for NGN, which is also pay­ing the claimants’ le­gal costs, of­fered its sin­cere apolo­gies for the dis­tress caused and said it ac­cepted it had no right to in­trude into his pri­vate life in this way.

Ms Man­soori said that the re­peated pub­li­ca­tions caused “up­set and sus­pi­cion” among Ms Cut­ler’s friends – the so-called Prim­rose Hill Set, which in­cluded Sadie Frost, Kate Moss, Meg Mathews and Pearl Lowe – and af­fected her busi­ness.

Jess Mor­ris be­lieved that the con­stant ex­po­sure of pri­vate in­for­ma­tion caused her re­la­tion­ship with ac­tor Rhys Ifans to suf­fer and ul­ti­mately led to their sep­a­ra­tion.

Steven Hef­fer, part­ner and head of me­dia and pri­vacy at law firm Col­lyer Bris­tow, said: “Our clients have been through a dis­tress­ing or­deal, and it is ab­so­lutely right that News Group News­pa­pers have apol­o­gised, ac­knowl­edged the harm they caused in open court and paid com­pen­sa­tion.

“Our clients had their pri­vacy vi­o­lated, and an apol­ogy helps our clients to move on.”

None of the celebri­ties were in court.

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