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Murdoch Close To Payout In Phone Hacking Case

Hannah Madans |
September 19, 2011 | 12:46 p.m. PDT

Associate News Editor

Rupert Murdoch at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos in 2009 (courtesy Creative Commons)
Rupert Murdoch at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos in 2009 (courtesy Creative Commons)
One of the phone hacking cases against News of the World may end in a massive settlement.

The family of Milly Dowler, a young girl who was murdered and had her voicemail hacked by reporters after she went missing, is negotiating a deal worth several million pounds, News Corp. told The Daily Beast Monday.

News International has made a settlement offer of around 3 million pounds ($4.7 million). This would be paid as 2 million pounds ($3.2 million) to the family and a 1 million pound ($1.6 million) donation to charity, ABC reports. The publisher has not yet reached an agreement, though, and the Dowler family’s lawyers are reportedly seeking a settlement of closer to 3.5 million ponds.

The phone hacking case led to the closing of News of the World, a tabloid newspaper that was 168 years old, and the resignation of Rebekah Brooks, the company’s chief  executive, Reuters said.

News International has already paid Sienna Miller 100,000 pounds ($160,000) for hacking into her phone and has paid other settlements for additional phone-hacking incidents.

The sum in the Dowler case is much larger, though, because the case affected the family of a girl who was the victim of a crime. Dolwer, 13, went missing in March 2002 and was later found to have been murdered by a former nightclub doorman, according to the Guardian.

The paper is accused of hacking into Dowler’s voicemail and deleting messages which gave her family false hope that she was alive and may have damaged police efforts to find her, according to ABC.

Rupert Murdoch, founder CEO and Chairman of News Corp., met with the girl’s family and apologized in July.


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