Church's settlement Monday resolved her claim that 33 News of the World articles were the product of journalists illegally hacking into her family's voicemails. Despite her legal victory, Church said years of tabloid intrusions followed by years of legal battles had horrified her.
"What I have discovered as the litigation has gone on has sickened and disgusted me. Nothing was deemed off limits by those who pursued me and my family, just to make money for a multinational news corporation," she said outside London's High Court.
British police and News Corp. lawyers are combing through millions of e-mails for evidence of wrongdoing at The Sun as well as the News of the World, and more than a dozen current and former journalists from the two papers have been arrested over allegations of phone hacking or bribing public officials.
Several Murdoch executives have resigned because of the scandal, as have two of Britain's top police officers, accused of not doing enough to get to the bottom of the wrongdoing.
Murdoch's British holdings include the Times and Sunday Times newspapers and 39 percent of satellite broadcaster BSkyB.
Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, whose own phone hacked by the News of the World, accused Murdoch of having a corrupting influence on British politics.
"I always thought it wrong that politicians at the highest level were so close to Murdoch, because Murdoch asked a price," Prescott told justice Brian Leveson's inquiry. "I thought it gave a kind of corrupting influence — not in the payment sense but in the power sense."
Leveson Inquiry: http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/
Associated Press Writer Jill Lawless contributed to this report.