New developments in the British tabloid phone hacking scandal have seen actress Sienna Miller offered an out-of-court settlement of £100,000 (€113,000) by Rupert Murdoch’s News International.
Meanwhile actor Jude Law, with whom Miller separated in 2006, is expected to file a lawsuit against the same newspaper, News of the World, which admitted to hacking into the voicemail of several individuals.
The parent company, News International, which owns Sky News as well as a number of other newspapers in the UK, issued an apology that was published in the News of the World on April 10. It admitted intercepting the voicemail of several individuals, apologising to them and offering damages.
A journalist and a private investigator carried out the hacking operations between 2004 and 2006, and they were both jailed in 2007.
The police said in the court on Friday that the number of potential victims was “substantially” more than previously thought. Investigators will need to go through a huge amount of data, including over 8,000 e-mails related to Miller alone, according to the Guardian.
In the past nine days, three current or former journalists from the News of the World have been arrested.
Until then it was only the paper’s royal editor, Clive Goodman, who went to jail in 2007 over intercepting the voicemail of royal aides.
By Ali Sheikholeslami
Sienna Miller offered compensation by phone hackers