Actress Sienna Miller will be paid “substantial undisclosed damages” from Trinity Mirror, which publishes the Daily Mirror, the Sunday Mirror and The People, Press Gazette reported. Miller’s legal costs were also paid, and Trinity Mirror publicly apologized in court and privately apologized to Miller.
Miller’s solicitor Nicola McCann provided iMediaEthics with the court statement for the settlement. In that statement, McCann explained that Miller grew suspicious when she received a number of hang-up calls and noticed many missing voicemails as well as voicemails listed that she had never heard. Further, the police told her in 2014 that she may have been hacked by Trinity Mirror’s journalists. Also, in 2016, Mirror Group Newspapers confirmed the existence of “10 private investigator invoices” from 2003 to 2005 were filed for Miller and her friends and family.
“Miller was extremely upset by the lengths MGN went to invade her private life,” the court statement reads in part. “Even though it was a number of years ago, the consequences have been far-reaching in terms of the distress caused at the time and the lasting damage to friendships and relationships, as well as to her career. It has made her very angry to also discover that so many people close to her, some of which she suspected of potentially being the source of the private information, were being targeted by MGN as well.”
In 2011, the News of the World apologized and admitted to hacking Miller’s voicemail, paying her a settlement of $162,500.
In addition to Miller’s settlement, three others — TV host Jamie Theakston, actor Michael Greco, and Michelle Mellor — settled their lawsuits against Trinity Mirror for hacking, according to the Press Gazette. iMediaEthics has contacted the publisher to ask how many settlements it has made now.