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Rhys Ifans wins phone-hacking payout

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Jul 23, 2014 | 3:39am EDT

Welsh actor Rhys Ifans has become the latest star to settle a damages claim in the aftermath of Britain's phone-hacking scandal. The Amazing Spider-Man star received a substantial, undisclosed payout after wrapping up a legal battle with the company behind now-defunct British tabloid the News of the World. He also received an apology from News Group Newspapers as the case drew to a close at London's High Court on Tuesday (22Jul14). During the proceedings, the court heard how police seized evidence which suggested Ifans' voicemails had been intercepted. Embattled British entertainer Michael Barrymore was also awarded a settlement on Tuesday and he said of the case, "It is nice to get to this point. It has taken 13 years... I do not believe journalists should be restricted. When they get it right they get it right, but when they get it wrong they should apologise a little bit quicker." Previous stars to accept settlements relating to the phone-hacking scandal include actor Jude Law, funnyman Steve Coogan and musician Pete Doherty.

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