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Court awards some $1.8 million to phone hacking victims

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 5:00 AM

LONDON (AP):

Britain's High Court has awarded actress Sadie Frost, sports star Paul Gascoigne and a group of other claimants some £1.2 million (US$1.8 million) in damages after their phones were hacked by journalists seeking scoops for the Mirror Group newspapers.

Frost received £260,250, while former soccer star Gascoigne won £188,250 in the lawsuit filed by eight victims.

Justice George Mann says the victims suffered a "serious infringement of privacy".

Trinity Mirror PLC said yesterday that it would consider an appeal. It has apologised.

Britain's phone-hacking scandal erupted in 2011 with the revelation of eavesdropping by the Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World. The furor led to the closure of that paper and the arrests of dozens of journalists.

Though authorities initially focused on Murdoch's papers, inquiries spread to other companies.