UK attorney Mark Lewis, a thorn in the side of Rupert Murdoch when it comes to the very messy ongoing business of Fleet Street tabloid phone hacking, says he is about to bring the News International legal fight to these shores.
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast’s Mike Giglio, Lewis confirms that he is traveling to California later this week and New York on Monday as part of his preparation for up to three separate U.S. lawsuits against News Corp. It’s unclear at this point whether any of the hacking occurred on American soil. But Lewis tells Giglio at least one of the prospective plaintiffs is a U.S. citizen:
Lewis declined to give specifics on the three U.S.-based cases, but all three center on high-profile subjects. In one case, the alleged victim was connected to the royal household and to Princess Diana, Lewis says. In another case, the alleged victim was connected to England’s national football team. Lewis describes the third as a Hollywood case in which the alleged victim was in contact with a top celebrity, and therefore a target for hacking.
The telephone numbers of these latest hacking victims were apparently lifted from the same source as their predecessors: the notebooks of News of the World-enlisted private detective Glenn Mulcaire. To read Giglio’s full article, click here.