Friday 13 May 2011

British actress Sienna Miller has accepted $153,000 in damages from the News of the World after they made a full admission of phone-hacking.

As well as the money, Miller will have her legal costs paid and has also received an unreserved apology from the newspaper.

The 29-year-old actress has become the first celebrity to have accepted a payout by Rupert Murdoch's weekly tabloid on the grounds that reporters and/or a private investigator listened in on her voicemail messages.

Miller's lawyer issued a statement on Friday (local time) saying: "Ms Miller's primary concern has never been how much money would be awarded by way of compensation but to know exactly what the extent of the hacking was."

"She has now obtained an order which requires the newspaper to give her the information and documents she wants and that meets all her requirements from this action."

News International said: "We are pleased that we have managed to bring this case to a satisfactory conclusion. Several weeks ago we admitted liability in certain cases and offered a genuine and unreserved apology."

"We hope to resolve other cases swiftly."