Sienna Miller gets an apology, damages from tabloid in voicemail hacking
Sienna Miller and the News of the World have officially settled their differences, with the UK tabloid admitting unconditionally that it had illegally listened to the actress's cellphone voicemail messages to obtain gossipy scoops in 2005 and 2006. Also in the mix: a six-figure bucket of cash.
In addition to the tab's unconditional admission of liability, London's High Court on Tuesday awarded Miller damages in the neighborhood of $165,000 and legal costs as part of a deal worked out last month to settle her privacy and harassment claim without a trial. The apology was read aloud in court.
Miller's lawyers reportedly had suggested in court documents that damages should be 400,000 pounds, or four times the final agreed-upon amount.
A similar complaint filed by Jude Law, Miller's on-and-off love interest, is one of five test cases related to the alleged phone hacking that are expected to be heard by the High Court next year, barring more settlements, the Guardian said in May. Law and Miller got engaged in 2004, but split in 2008. They rekindled their relationship again in 2010 but called it quits again early this year.
The actress, who did not appear in court Tuesday, was also granted an injunction preventing any further unlawful accessing of her voicemail and publication of her private information.
At least three News of the World journalists have been arrested in connection with the phone-hacking allegations. The paper is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: Sienna Miller in Los Angeles in May 2009. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters