Lanford Beard
October 21, 2011 AT 07:37 PM EDT

The U.K. division of News Corp. has agreed to pay £3 million (US $4.8 million) to family members of Milly Dowler who were deeply affected by the News of the World‘s hacking scandal, reports Bloomberg. According to a statement, News. Corp head Rupert Murdoch was personally involved in the negotiations of this, the largest payout of the entire months-long scandal, and is personally footing the bill for a £1 million charitable donation included in the settlement. The remaining two million pounds will go to the Dowlers, whose 13-year-old daughter Milly disappeared in 2002. NOTW reporters dramatically impeded the police investigation by erasing voicemails left on Milly’s cell phone and gave the Dowlers false hope that their daughter might still be alive. Acknowledged Murdoch, “The behavior that the News of the World exhibited towards the Dowlers was abhorrent.”

Read more:

Jon Stewart nearly loses lunch over ‘News of the World’ hacking scandal… and Hugh Grant’s role in it

Rebekah Brooks, former ‘News of the World’ editor, resigns post at News International

Hugh Grant talks role in ‘News of the World’ takedown, awesomely defeats foe with charming aplomb

You May Like