Though it’s not usually newsworthy to report that celebrities are making money (yeah, so what else is new?), it’s actually worth noting in this particular case since it deals with that whole News of the World phone-hacking scandal that happened last year. As I’m sure many of you probably remember, the British tabloid came under fire last summer after it was discovered they engaged in illegal phone-tapping and email-hacking to obtain personal information about celebrities, politicians, and members of the royal family. It was a huge scandal and sent many people – including Hollywood celebs – into a fit of outrage. Thankfully, justice is finally being served and victims, including the oh-so dreamy Jude Law, are getting what’s owed to them.
According to The Associated Press, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. (who owns News of the World) started paying out its first round of settlements on Thursday to 37 of the roughly 740 victims of the phone-hacking scandal and Law was one of the lucky bunch, receiving around $200,000 in damages. And for good reason. News Group Newspapers admitted that 16 of the articles written about Law had been obtained by phone hacking between the years of 2003 and 2006.
Law, of course, was appalled by such an invasion of his privacy and previously stated, “It is clear that I, along with many others, was kept under constant surveillance for a number of years. No aspect of my private life was safe from intrusion…including the lives of my children and the people who work for me.” He went on to say, “It was not just that my phone messages were listened to: News Group also paid people to watch me and my house for days at a time and to follow me and those close to me both in this country and abroad.”
Can you imagine how awful that must have been? I mean, celebrities rarely get much privacy as it is, but that’s absolutely ridiculous. It puts all of our paparazzi to shame. But this whole ordeal is far from being over. There are still plenty of others who expect to get their fair share of the payout as well. If you ask me, Mr. Murdoch’s wallet is about to be in for a world of hurt.
Source: The Associated Press