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Latest Phone-Hacking Litigation Has Hollywood Connection

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.

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Cell Phone Hacking Allegations Against Murdoch’s British Papers Get Investigated

news of the world.pngYesterday, U.K. newspaper The Guardian published a story revealing that Rupert Murdoch‘s British newspaper subsidiary News Group News­papers had paid more than £1 million ($1.4 million) to settle claims that its reporters had illegally hacked into the cell phones of government officials and celebrities.

The allegations set off a firestorm of controversy in the U.K., with Scotland Yard launching an inquiry into the claims.

According to the Guardian the payments were made to Gordon Taylor, CEO the Professional Footballers’ Association, who sued News Group after a private investigator who worked for the company, Glenn Mulcaire, was jailed and admitted to hacking into phones of various targets, including Gordon and model Elle MacPherson. Another News Group staffer, Clive Goodman, a reporter for Murdoch owned News of the World was also jailed for hacking.

Although News Group denied any knowledge of its employees’ actions, Gordon still sued claiming the company did know what was up. His suit led to a £700,000 pay-out, which the Guardian claimed included more than £400,000 in damages. Two other football figures also sued the media company, resulting in the additional £300,000 in payments. All of the settlements included clauses preventing the parties from discussing the case, and Taylor’s case was sealed by the court, the Guardian added.

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