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'Appalled' Law hits out at hackers

Jude Law has hit out at the "appalling" behaviour of News of the World after he was awarded £130,000 in damages over the phone-hacking scandal.

In a statement released after the High Court hearing, in which dozens of celebrities and politicians were awarded settlements, the A-lister said he brought legal proceedings "to try to find out the truth".

He said: "For several years leading up to 2006, I was suspicious about how information concerning my private life was coming out in the press. I changed my phones, I had my house swept for bugs but still the information kept being published. I started to become distrustful of people close to me.

"I was truly appalled by what I was shown by the police and by what my lawyers have discovered. It is clear that I, along with many others, was kept under constant surveillance for a number of years.

"No aspect of my private life was safe from intrusion by News Group Newspapers, including the lives of my children and the people who work for me. It was not just that my phone messages were listened to. News Group also paid people to watch me and my house for days at a time and to follow me and those close to me, both in this country and abroad."

Law added that he had "achieved everything I wanted from this litigation" in forcing the News of the World to admit "the extent of their illegal activity".

He said: "They have accepted that the information published in the News of the World articles and the Sun articles that I complained about was private. I hope this means that they will never invade my privacy again. They have also finally given a proper apology."

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