Heather Mills receives apology and payout in phone-hacking case

Ex-model receives substantial payout as she settles case against News of the World Heather Mills has received an apology at the high court after settling her phone-hacking case against the News of the World in return for a substantial financial payout as part of an agreement under which she dropped similar claims against the Sun. The former wife of the Beatles singer Sir Paul McCartney said a criminal, targeted smear campaign over the course of a decade by the news outlet had destroyed her reputation and left her unable to carry on her charity work. Mills was one of about 90 individuals, Elizabeth Hurley, who recently settled their cases for invasion of privacy against News Group Newspapers, the Rupert Murdoch-controlled …

‘Mistakes’ may have been made during arrest of journalist, Kremlin says

Moscow makes comments after Russian papers call for inquiry into case of Ivan Golunov The Kremlin has admitted that mistakes may have been made by police during the arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov on controversial drug-dealing charges, as calls for his release grew louder. Mistakes can never be ruled out, said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Vladimir Putin. The important thing is to recognise mistakes so that they arent repeated. Some issues need clarification, he said on Monday. Police initially published a number of photographs that they said showed a drug lab at Golunovs rented flat in Moscow. They were later removed from the interior ministrys website after police officials admitted that the photographs had been taken at a …

National Enquirer sale: newsstand mogul James Cohen to buy tabloid

CEO of Hudson News will reportedly pay $100m for supermarket tabloid known for salacious stories and cozy relationship with Trump The National Enquirers owners have made a deal to sell the tabloid, after sparking scandal with the controversial tactics they have used to suppress stories damaging to Donald Trump. American Media led by CEO David Pecker, a longtime friend of Trumps will sell the Enquirer and its two other tabloids to James Cohen, the owner of the Hudson News chain of airport newsstands, the companies said in a admitted it paid $150,000 to a former Playboy model to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump. The company paid off Karen McDougal for rights to her story and then never …

Scarlett Johansson warns: paparazzi risk another death like Princess Diana’s

Actor alleges she was pursued through LA by paparazzi who put other drivers and pedestrians at risk after her appearance on Jimmy Kimmels chatshow Scarlett Johansson warned of another incident like Princess Diana after alleging she was pursued through Los Angeles by a group of paparazzi. The actor, 34, said she was leaving a studio following an appearance on US talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! when a group of photographers spotted her. Five cars with blacked-out windows then apparently sped through red lights and put other drivers and pedestrians at risk so their paparazzi passengers could obtain details of where she and her four-year-old daughter were staying. Johansson said such a situation is a waiting game before another person gets …

Annie Leibovitz on the shots that made her

She captured Americas most tumultuous moments and its biggest stars. The great photographer relives her Rolling Stone years and the time she set fire to Patti Smith AHenri Cartier-Bresson, once stood to take his own ghostly grey picture of the Seine crossing. Leibovitzs homage to the great French photographer did not stop there. Her latest exhibition President Nixons inglorious departure from the White House by helicopter in 1974, to the extraordinary Democratic convention two years before, in which sessions lasted until sunrise. The landmark event, which took place in Miami, was the basis for Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 72, the political classic by Rolling Stones resident gonzo journalist Andy Warhol to Ansel Adams to that ambush shot …