Doherty Gets Phone Hacking Payout

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February 8, 2012 | 11:16am EST

Cult rocker Pete Doherty has accepted thousands of dollars in damages after his phone voicemail messages were hacked by a private detective working for the News of the World.
The former Libertines star launched legal action against the now-defunct British tabloid when evidence emerged he had been targeted by a freelance investigator employed by the newspaper.

On Wednesday, Doherty accepted undisclosed damages – believed to run into thousands of dollars – from the publication’s parent company News Group Newspapers during a hearing at London’s High Court.

It also emerged on Wednesday that singer/songwriter James Blunt has launched legal action against the News of the World over the phone hacking scandal.