Corornation Street star Michael Le Vell settles phone hacking action with News of the World

Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell has settled a phone hacking against the now closed News of the World.

The actor – he plays mechanic Kevin Webster – took action against News Group Newspapers (NGN).

He said the tabloid’s journalists hacked into his voice mail messages.

Mr Le Vell – appearing in court under his real name Michael Turner – accepted undisclosed damages and his legal costs.

His solicitor, Gabrielle Shovlin, told the High Court that “because of his work as well as his friendships with a number of other high-profile individuals, the claimant was an obvious person for the defendant to target”.

She said reporters also obtained personal information by deception and other unlawful means.

Ben Silverstone, standing for NGN, said:

“NGN is here today, through me, to offer its apologies to Mr Turner for the distress caused to him by the invasion of his privacy by individuals working for or on behalf of the News of the World.

“The defendant acknowledges that such activity should never have taken place and that it had no right to intrude into Mr Turner’s private life in this way.”


About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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