Thursday 21 November 2019

Football star Paul Gascoigne awarded €265k in damages over phone hacking

Paul Gascoigne
Paul Gascoigne

Jan Colley and Cathy Gordon

Former England international has been awarded £188,250 in damages over phone hacking by Mirror Group Newspapers.

The football star is one of a number of celebrities who have been awarded financial compensation at the High Court. The group has had to pay out more than £1m in total.

Lawyers for phone-hacking victims claimed today's payouts, totalling around £1.2 million, were "unparalleled".

Trinity Mirror, which owns MGN, said it was considering an appeal, but revealed it had set aside a further £4 million to cover the cost of more claims, taking the total to £16 million.

Eight damages awards were announced at London's High Court today after a three-week hearing in March to determine the extent of the wrongdoing at the group and what level of compensation was appropriate.

Mr Justice Mann also awarded £85,000 to TV executive Alan Yentob, £117,500 and £157,250 respectively to actresses Shobna Gulati and Lucy Taggart, and £155,000 to soap star Shane Richie.

Gerald Shamash, solicitor for Gascoigne, said his client was relieved that the judge "has recognised, in his lengthy and detailed judgment, the sustained and intrusive impact that MGN's repeated publication of his private information had on his life, family and friends".

"It was important for Paul to bring an action against MGN in order to find out as much as possible about what had gone on."

The lawyer said Gascoigne was "relieved to have finally found out that his private information was hacked, resulting in many articles that grossly intruded into his private life, rather than having been leaked by someone close to him".

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