Cilla Black settles with newspaper group over hacking

Singing legend Cilla Black is among the latest group of celebrities to settle phone hacking damages claims for “substantial” damages, the High Court has heard.

Cilla Black

A judge in London was told that EastEnders star Jessie Wallace, singer and TV personality Peter Andre and actor and singer Darren Day have also settled actions against Mirror Group Newspapers.

Their barrister David Sherborne told Mr Justice Mann the actions related to the “widespread and habitual practice of voicemail interception and the unlawful obtaining of personal information” during the period of 2000 to 2006.

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Mr Sherborne said a claim brought by Black’s son Robert Willis, who is the star’s manager, had also been settled.

He read out statements on behalf of Ms Black and Mr Willis, Mr Andre, Mr Day and Ms Wallace, and also a further five in the cases of other individuals whose settlements have previously been reported, including former England head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, actor Christopher Eccleston and David and Victoria Beckham’s former nanny Abbie Gibson.

Their claims for “misuse of private information” were brought against MGN Limited, a subsidiary company of Trinity Mirror plc, and publisher of a “number of well-known and highly influential” newspapers including The Daily Mirror, The Sunday Mirror and The People.

He told the judge: “In summary, these 10 individuals all bring claims that cover unlawful activity by each of the three newspaper titles over a lengthy period.”