Anorak | Phone hacking: The Mirror ruined Steve McFadden’s love life, drove Paul Gascoigne to alcohol but murdered no-one

Phone hacking: The Mirror ruined Steve McFadden’s love life, drove Paul Gascoigne to alcohol but murdered no-one

by | 11th, March 2015

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The phone hacking scandal calls EastEnders  actor Steve McFadden. He says Daily Mirror  stories while he was romancing co-star Lucy Benjamin (above) “destroyed” their love affair.

McFadden is at the High Court to help the judges decide the amount of compensation to be awarded against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN). The trial will determine the range of phone hacking and the amount of damages due.

MGN has admitted “an unwarranted and unacceptable intrusion into people’s private lives”. It has set aside £12m for compensation. In July 2014, Trinity Mirror said in its interim statement that it had set aside £4m for phone-hacking civil claims . The price of justice rises.

McFadden tells the High Court that he had thoughts of marrying Benjamin (now known as Lucy Taggart) but the stories gave him second and third thoughts:

“But the biggest factor that stopped me was thinking that Lucy had a big mouth and was giving out information.”

He adds:

“I now know that messages I left for Lucy must have been heard by MGN’s journalists. Although I find this appalling, in some senses, I am relieved to finally know why and how so much information came out about me and Lucy. The sad thing is that you can’t turn back the clock on what I thought and accused Lucy of at the time, which was that she was betraying me.”

Doesn’t that say more about him than the Mirror ?

McFadden added that Lucy blamed the tabloid paper for “putting her out of work” and making her “unemployable”. He thinks “she was right!”

Incidentally, the Mirror makes not a single menion of phone hacking in today’s newspaper. But, then, neigther does the Sun .

Others in the witness box are  Coronation Street star Shobna Gulati, EastEnders star Shane Richie, Sadie Frost, the BBC creative director Alan Yentob, and TV producer Robert Ashwortt, Lucy Taggart and flight attendant Lauren Alcorn (an ex-girlfriend of footballer Rio Ferdinand). She has told the court:

“I was just a very young girl, living with my mum, as my father had passed away the year before. My relationship with Rio was on and off for several years until about 2006. During this time, Rio also had a relationship with his now wife, who is also the mother of his children.

“Looking back on it now with the benefit of hindsight, that period represents a time in my life that I regret and am very embarrassed about.

“However, I was a young, naive and emotionally vulnerable 19-year-old who got wrapped up with a young man that I thought had feelings for me and vice versa.

“I have never wanted any publicity and see myself as a private individual although I was

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