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Designer accepts damages over tabloid hacking
Interior designer Kelly Hoppen accepts damages over News of the World phone hacking
By The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) ' Lawyers say interior designer Kelly Hoppen has accepted 60,000 pounds ($93,000) in damages for phone hacking from the publisher of the News of the World.

Hoppen, former stepmother of actress Sienna Miller, is one of scores of people accusing the tabloid of eavesdropping on cell phone voicemails. Her case was due to go to court in January.

Her lawyer, Mark Thomson, told a hearing Friday that the paper's publisher had agreed to pay Hoppen damages and legal costs.



He said that between 2004 and 2006, Hoppen was the subject of numerous articles in the paper "which contained intrusive and private information."

More than 60 people have filed court papers alleging their phones were hacked by the News of the World, which was shut down by owner Rupert Murdoch in July.


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