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Celebrities settle hacking claims

Jude Law and his former wife Sadie Frost are among dozens of famous faces who have settled damages claims over the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, the High Court has heard.

Details of the deals were given in court, including that of Sherlock Holmes star Jude, who received £130,000 in damages.

Actress and designer Sadie received £50,000. Footballer Ashley Cole, the ex-husband of pop star Cheryl, also received damages but the figure was not disclosed.

The deals mean that 37 damages claims being brought against News International subsidiary News Group Newspapers (NGN), publisher of the now-defunct News of the World, have been settled.

But Mark Thomson, of law firm Atkins Thomson, who represents some of the claimants, said others would press ahead with a trial scheduled for next month..

Others whose settlements were confirmed included singer and TV talent show judge Dannii Minogue, former MP and ex-Big Brother star George Galloway, TV presenter Ulrika Jonsson and Welsh rugby player turned reality TV star Gavin Henson.

Also on the list were Calum Best, the son of George Best, and Meg Matthews, ex-wife of Noel Gallagher.

Mr Thomson said: "All of the claimants have been extremely brave to take on and succeed against a massive and influential multinational media organisation.

"They can take the credit for triggering the new police investigation, the parliamentary inquiries and the Leveson Inquiry. They should be very pleased with what they have achieved."

The phone-hacking saga began with the conviction in 2007 of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and the News of the World's royal editor Clive Goodman. As more details of the scandal emerged last summer, NGN took the decision to close the News of the World and Prime Minister David Cameron set up the Leveson Inquiry to examine the behaviour of the press.

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