NewsCorp Settles Civil Suits with Celebrity Victims
After NewsCorp’s infamous caught-with-your-pants-down scandal and resulting investigation, Rupert Murdoch’s News International (the umbrella under which 20th Century Fox comfortably rests) is paying the piper.
Specifically, they are reaching into Papa Murdoch’s deep pockets to settle scores (read: lawsuits) against the company by high profile celebrities and victims of crime. In case you were comatose, News Corp got a very public pie in the face several months ago when it was leaked that the company had been allegedly hacking into private voice mail accounts for juicy, personal bits of information that they would then use in their publications. Accusers explain:
“They are now saying they are satisfied with the settlement. It isn’t just about the money. It’s also about an acknowledgement of wrongdoing. They wanted the apology. They wanted the facts to come out into the open.”
One of the biggest names in Newscorp v. Hollywood is actor Jude Law, who reportedly walked away with a cool $200,000 for his troubles. He explained:
“I owed it to my friends and family as well as myself to do this. I believe in a free press but what News Group did was an abuse of its freedoms. … They were prepared to do anything to sell their newspapers and to make money, irrespective of the impact it had on people’s lives.”
The civil suits against the news conglomerate are mostly settled by now, but the criminal investigation is still on the horizon. British Labour MP Chris Bryant, who received a settlement of over 46,000 dollars, says trial isn’t the goal:
“The whole aim of bringing these cases in the first place was to try and get to the truth. The truth will now come out either in court when the criminal investigations are completed or in the Leveson inquiry.”
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Do you think that NewsCorp is picking from the buffet of just desserts?