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Duchess Sarah Ferguson Settles Phone-Hacking Dispute with Newspaper Group

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Sarah Ferguson has settled her phone-hacking legal claim against the publishers of the now defunct British tabloid The News of the World.

Ferguson, the Duchess of York, received a public apology and undisclosed damages in an out-of-court settlement from Rupert Murdoch's News Group Newspapers, according to The Guardian.

She was among the victims of the illegal practice that led to the closure of the paper in 2011.

A total of 144 people, including singer James Blunt and actor Hugh Grant, have so far settled claims over phone hacking with the publisher, The Guardian reports.

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Sarah Ferguson Cancels Trip to US after Documentary Scandal

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Fearing possible extradition to Turkey, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, has canceled a visit to the United States.

After the premiere of a documentary exposing child neglect in Turkey, Turkish authorities have issued an international arrest warrant for the red-headed duchess. The documentary, which was filmed four years ago, broke some of Turkey's strict press laws.

The film was aired on British TV and depicted shocking abuse in an orphanage outside of Ankara.

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Sarah Ferguson Storms Off Interview over Scandal Questioning

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The scandal surrounding Sarah Ferguson's 2010 News of the World "cash-for-access" sting has reemerged after she reportedly stormed out of an Australian television interview last week when a reporter tried to show her the notorious footage of her taking money from an undercover reporter.

A promotional spot for the controversial interview, taped for the 60 Minutes program on Australia's Channel Nine, touts the segment as "the weirdest interview you will ever see" and asks "what sent Fergie completely off the rails?"

In the advertisement, Ferguson is seen wagging her finger at reporter Michael Usher, rolling her eyes and saying "delete that bit."

In 2010, a reporter from the U.K.'s now shuttered News of the World tabloid ran a sting on the Duchess of York, where she was filmed offering access to her former husband Prince Andrew for £500,000 to the reporter who she thought was an Indian businessman.

Ferguson's manager John Scott has reportedly stated that the Duchess of York's statements in the upcoming 60 Minutes interview are taken out of context and demanded that that they be edited out of the final broadcast of the interview.  Scott lashed out at 60 Minutes executive producer Hamish Thomson about the interview, which he refers to as an "ambush" and "entrapment."

"[Thomson] hasn't had the decency to get back to me.  Nor has [Nine Network chief executive] David Gyngell, despite showing the Duchess in the worst possible light," Scott told British newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

"We had gone through all the questions and subject matter beforehand and filmed all the walking in the park footage before we sat down.  She did walk out when she was ambushed -- no, it was entrapment -- but after cooling down she said to me, 'F*** them, let's do this', and she did, but it was a banal interview and her demeanor reflected that," Scott said.

Thomson shot back at Scott's statements on Thursday, saying that it was in no way entrapment of Ferguson.

"She agreed to talk about the issue, as she has already extensively done, so it certainly wasn't entrapment," Thomson said.

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