David Tennant Accepts ‘Substantial Damages’ Over Phone Hacking

David Tennant has accepted substantial damages to settle out a High Court claim over phone hacking from the now defunct New of the World.

According to Sky News, The former Tenth Doctor has received an undisclosed sum and an apology for the misuse of private information after suing the paper last March.

Lawyer Sara Mansoori said that Mr Tennant was “a very private individual” and was “outraged and shocked by the invasions of privacy by individuals working for or acting on behalf of the News of the World”.

Tennant was among six people to settle claims against publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) on Tuesday, including his Doctor Who co-star Sophia Myles, who appeared alongside him in Series Two episode, The Girl in the Fireplace, and Olympic medallist Colin Jackson, but none of them were in court.

Steven Heffer, of law firm Collyer Bristow, said:

“Our clients have been through a distressing ordeal, and it is absolutely right that NGN have apologised, acknowledged the harm they caused in open court and paid compensation.

“Our clients had their privacy violated, and an apology helps our clients to move on.”

It comes less than a fortnight after four other celebrities settled claims against the New of the World and The Sun, just as lawyers were preparing for a four-week hearing.

Their lawyers said phone hacking was “widespread” at both newspapers, but the publisher has always denied that the practice took place at The Sun and it was agreed at the High Court that no admissions of liability in relation to any claims relating to the title were made.