Charlotte Church - Charlotte Church Takes Huge Hacking Payout
Singer Charlotte Church has agreed to accept a huge compensation payout of almost a million dollars for her family after their voicemail messages were intercepted by British tabloid the News of the World.
The former child star has been awarded $960,000 (£600,000), one of the largest payments emanating from the scandal, after London's High Court heard the newspaper published 33 articles as a result of hacking her phone.
The Welsh singer's parents, James and Maria, were also targeted by a private investigator working for the now-defunct tabloid in what amounted to a campaign of "harassment", the hearing was told.
Church's cell phone messages were intercepted once she turned 16 in 2002, and as a result the newspaper gained "sensitive medical information" and details of her first relationship.
The settlement of $960,000 - for compensation and legal costs - dwarfs those of other stars who have sued over the phone hacking scandal, including actor Jude Law, who received $208,000 (£130,000), funnyman Steve Coogan, and musician Pete Doherty.