London: UK tabloid News of the World who was sued by Sienna Miller for hacking into her mobile phones, has finally issued a detailed formal apology to the actress.
News Group`s counsel, Michael Silverleaf QC offered its ‘sincere apologies’ to the actress for the damage and distress caused.
It also acknowledged that the information should never have been obtained in the way it was, that the private information should never have been published and that it had accepted liability.
The 29-year-old actress, who was not at London`s High Court, has formally settled for 100,000 pounds damages and costs.
Miller`s counsel, David Sherborne, said the actress had been the subject of numerous articles in 2005 and 2006, which contained ‘intrusive and private information’.
He said that Miller had not known the source of the information, much of which was only known to trusted friends and family.
“The claimant did not know whether someone close to her was leaking information or whether her mobile telephone was somehow being hacked into. Both possibilities were extremely distressing for the claimant” the BBC quoted Sherborne as saying.
“She tried to protect herself by changing her number three times,” he added.
Miller had first issued proceedings for misuse of private information, breach of confidence and harassment in October 2010, after the Metropolitan Police disclosed documents.