Church Eyes Huge Hacking Payout

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February 22, 2012 | 7:26am EST

Singer Charlotte Church is reportedly set to pocket up to $800,000 from newspaper bosses over the U.K.’s phone hacking scandal.
The Welsh former child star was among a group of celebrities who launched legal action against the News of the World after revelations their cell phone voicemail messages had been intercepted by a private detective working for the now-defunct tabloid.

Other stars – including funnyman Steve Coogan and rocker Pete Doherty – settled with the publication’s parent company News Group Newspapers earlier this month but Church was adamant she was holding out for a court showdown.

Now it’s emerged Church and her parents, who are also named in the lawsuit, are ready to accept damages and legal costs of between $608,000 and $800,000 to end the legal action. The settlement is due to be rubber-stamped this week.