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LONDON (Reuters) – Heather Mills, ex-wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney, stated on Monday she and 90 others have gained an apology and settlement from Rupert Murdoch’s Information Group Newspapers after a close to decade-long battle over claims of telephone hacking.

A public outcry over revelations that journalists on tabloid newspapers hacked into telephones to search out tales prompted Murdoch to close down his Information of the World newspaper in 2011.

Heather Mills standing in front of a computer: FILE PHOTO: Heather Mills speaks at the Leveson Inquiry at the High Court in central London© Reuters/POOL New
FILE PHOTO: Heather Mills speaks on the Leveson Inquiry on the Excessive Courtroom in central London

Mills stated the settlement from the corporate, which additionally publishes The Solar newspaper, stemmed from the exercise carried out between 1999 and 2010. The quantity of the settlement was not disclosed.

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Ben Silverstone, representing Information Group Newspapers, stated the corporate provided its “honest apologies” to Mills and her sister for the misery brought about to them by people working for or on behalf of Information of the World.

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“The defendant accepts that such exercise ought to by no means have taken place and that it had no proper to intrude into the personal lives of Ms Heather Mills or Fiona Mills on this means,” he stated.

The Mills sisters claimed that they skilled “unusual exercise with their telephones, journalists and photographers turning up in sudden areas” and the publication of personal data “with none obvious identifiable supply”, based on an announcement learn in courtroom.

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The repeated publication of such data “brought about a variety of mistrust and suspicion” {that a} buddy or member of the family was “betraying them and promoting tales to the press”, the assertion stated.

The sisters’ claims have been settled on the idea that Information Group Newspapers made no admission of legal responsibility in relation to their allegations of telephone hacking at The Solar.

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