Charlotte Church, the Welsh songstress who burst onto the music scene as a classical soprano at the young age of 12, is one of the celebrities who testified in the Rupert Murdoch/News International phone-hacking scandal. She has now received a settlement of 600,000 pounds, or roughly $951,000, Monday (Feb. 27), reports the AP. But the money did not silence her from speaking her mind about the case.
“What I have discovered as the litigation has gone on has sickened and disgusted me. Nothing was deemed off limits by those who pursued me and my family, just to make money for a multinational news corporation,” says Church, outside the courthouse.
“I have also discovered that despite the apology which the newspaper has just given in court, these people were prepared to go to any lengths to prevent me exposing their behavior. They are not truly sorry. They are just sorry they got caught.”
News International, the division of News Corp. that is being tried in these cases, is working very hard to keep the cases from going to trial, having paid settlements to (among others) actor Jude Law, former soccer star Paul Gascoigne and actress Sienna Miller.
The scandal really began in 2002, when the tabloid got its hands on voice mails of a missing 13-year-old girl who was later found murdered. This spawned several investigations, which is what led to this inquiry into media ethics and the celebrity settlements.