Phone Hacking: Sarah Ferguson, Hugh Grant Among 143 to Win Damages

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Seventeen people receive high court apology from News International.

LONDON: Hugh Grant and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, is among 143 people who have won substantial damages after settling their phone-hacking claims against the News of the World, the high court has heard, according to the Guardian.

Ferguson is one of 17 individuals who demanded a public apology from the now defunct tabloid's publisher, News International, at the high court in London on Friday morning.

Financial details weren't disclosed.

Others who had statements read out in open court after receiving damages include Geoffrey Robinson, the Labour Party parliamentarian.

Damages have also been awarded to singer James Blunt; Jade Goody's ex-boyfriend Jeff Brazier; former Doctor Who actor Christopher Eccleston; and fork-bender Uri Geller, who is believed to have been targeted because of his friendship with Michael Jackson.

June Sarpong, the TV presenter, and Chris Terrill, the BBC filmmaker who had a relationship with Heather Mills, were among others who also accepted damages for invasion of privacy by the tabloid.