Coogan accepts damages payout over phone hacking

The funnyman was targeted by a private investigator working for the now-defunct British tabloid and his cell phone voicemail messages were allegedly intercepted.

Coogan had been one of the leading lights in a campaign to expose practices at the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sunday newspaper, and on Wednesday (08Feb12) he was among a group of nine claimants who agreed a settlement with parent company News International.

Others stars involved in the case include former England soccer ace Paul Gascoigne, who accepted $108,800 (£68,000) in damages – but London’s High Court heard singer Charlotte Church is still pursuing her legal action against the newspaper’s owners.