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Rupert Murdoch’s Company To Pay 36 Victims, Including Jude Law, In Phone Hacking Scandal

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Jan. 19 2012, Published 7:00 a.m. ET

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Rupert Murdoch's News Group Newspapers has agreed to shell out restitution payments to 36 victims, including actor Jude Law, in the phone-hacking scandal that also saw Murdoch’s News of the World shut down last July after 168 years in circulation.

The A-lister Law is getting about $200,000 for 16 articles published between 2003 until 2006 that were derived by hacking.

Law said in a statement that Murdoch's publications were "prepared to do anything to sell their newspapers and to make money, irrespective of the impact it had on people's lives. ... I changed my phones, I had my house swept for bugs but still the information kept being published. I started to become distrustful of people close to me.

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"For me this case was never about money,” the Sherlock Holmes star said. ”It was about standing up for myself and finding out what had happened. I owed it to my friends and family as well as myself to do this."

Soccer star Ashley Cole, actress Sadie Frost, and ex-British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott are also on the list of celebs who will collect in the wake of the recently-announced agreement.

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