Actor and comedian Steve Coogan has received damages and an apology from Mirror Group Newspapers over phone-hacking.
The news follows an action for misuse of private information.
According to Coogan’s counsel, not only was the actor’s voicemail hacked, but his personal information was unlawfully procured through third parties and he was placed under surveillance by private investigators.
It is alleged that as many as 62 articles were written based on information procured through these methods.
“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,” Coogan’s counsel told the judge.
Speaking outside the High Court in London today, 51-year-old Coogan said the settlement was “vindication”.
In 2012, the comedian accepted £40,000 in damages over phone-hacking from News Group Newspapers, which published the News of the World.