Steve Coogan awarded damages in phone-hacking case

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Steve Coogan spoke after the High Court judgement

Comedian Steve Coogan is to receive damages and an apology from Mirror Group Newspapers over phone hacking.

Speaking after the High Court judgement, he said he would receive a six-figure sum, but the exact settlement amount was not revealed.

It follows an action for misuse of private information.

Coogan said the outcome meant “vindication”. Most of the money from the newspaper group would be distributed to good causes, he added.

In court, Coogan’s counsel, David Sherborne, told the judge the case concerned voicemail hacking, unlawfully obtaining personal information from third parties and surveillance by private investigators.

Press inquiry

“Mr Coogan has identified 62 articles that he alleges are likely to have been produced by use of these means,” he said.

“Much of what was published caused enormous distress and significant damage to Mr Coogan’s relationships with those he wrongly suspected had leaked private information or who believed he was the cause of their private information being made public.”

Before bringing the case, Coogan was a core participant at the Leveson Inquiry into the conduct of the press, which was launched in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.

His participation led to a number of attacks on him by national newspapers, his lawyer argued.

Mr Sherborne said Coogan followed with great interest the evidence of witnesses from MGN and publisher Trinity Mirror during Leveson and became increasingly concerned given the allegations of wrongdoing by their journalists that had been made before the inquiry.

He told the court: “Mr Coogan is clear that if Trinity Mirror had conducted a proper investigation at an early stage then the unlawful activity could have been stopped and prevented the enormous distress and damage it caused its victims, their family and friends.”

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