Barristers acting for Mirror Group Newspapers today apologised for the "damage and distress" caused to the celebrities by phone hacking.
Matthew Nicklin, QC, acting on behalf of MGN, said there was no legitimate justification for the hacking or the publication of articles about the celebrities private lives, which were based on information obtained through "unlawful methods".
"MGN is here today, through me, to offer its sincere apologies to these claimants for the damage and distress caused to them by hacking into their voicemail messages and by obtaining private information about them, including the use of blagging," Mr Nicklin said.
The phone hacking claims were brought against The Daily Mirror, The Sunday People and The People newspapers for "misuse of private information", the barrister acting for the celebrities said.
Barrister David Sherborne read out statements on behalf of each of the celebrities and told the High Court the individuals all bring claims that cover "unlawful activity" by each of the Mirror Group Newspapers titles over a lengthy period.
"They have all expressed their feelings of distress and anger that their private information has been treated in this way, and their privacy has been so grossly violated by these newspapers solely for profit," the barrister added.
Celebrities including Cilla Black have settled actions against Mirror Group Newspapers over voicemail interception and the unlawful obtaining of personal information, the High Court heard.
Barrister David Sherborne, acting for the celebrities, said the actions related to the "widespread and habitual practice of voicemail interception and the unlawful obtaining of personal information" which took place during the period of 2000 to 2006.
Cilla Black, Peter Andre, Darren Day and EastEnders star Jessie Wallace have settled phone-hacking claims for "substantial" damages, the High Court heard today.
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