Phone-hacking: Cherie Blair, News International reach settlement



London: Former British prime minister Tony Blair's wife, Cherie Blair, is one of 130 victims of phone-hacking who has accepted damages from News International in the latest batch of civil claims to be settled.

Actor James Nesbitt, currently appearing in the film version of The Hobbit, David Beckham's father Ted and the actor Tamsin Outhwaite also settled claims arising from hacking by the News of the World.

According to the Telegraph, another 37 claims are still being thrashed out by lawyers, many of which are expected to be settled without the need for trials.

Other victims have been given payouts after approaching NI directly through a compensation scheme it set up in the wake of the newspaper's closure, the paper said.

The latest round of payouts, many of which were agreed in the weeks before Christmas, is likely to cost the company millions of pounds, with typical payments ranging from GBP 10,000 to 130,000.

NI said it could not confirm the figures, which are expected to be clarified during a case management hearing at the High Court next month.

According to the paper, sources close to the case, however, confirmed that 130 claims had now been settled.

ANI