Acting on a lawsuit filed by actor Jude Law and his assistant Ben Jackson claiming their phones were hacked in New York by reporters working for News of the World, the FBI plans to contact the actor, according an official who spoke with the BBC.
NOTW’s story, publish in September 2003 detailed conversations between the actor and Jackson which the suit claims could only have been obtained by listening in on the pair’s phone messages. Since the messages were relayed through United States carriers, the suit opens the door to charges under US laws.
Additionally, Law has filed another suit against another of Murdoch’s paper, The Sun, alleging his messages were hacked by reporters in 2005 and 2006, resulting in four stories.
News International, the UK branch of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp said in a statement to the BBC:
We believe this is a deeply cynical and deliberately mischievous attempt to draw the Sun into the phone-hacking issue. The allegations have been carefully investigated by our lawyers and the evidence shows they have no foundation whatsoever.
Rupert Murdoch’s son, James may have proven even more ineffective at dodging the truth than his father at dodging pies. According to the BBC, the younger Murdoch who is the chairman of News International told:
the media committee on Tuesday he had not been “aware” of an email suggesting the practice went wider than a “rogue” News of the World reporter.
But ex-NoW editor Colin Myler and ex-NI legal manager Tom Crone have now said they “did inform” him of the email.
Mr Murdoch later said he “stands by his testimony”.
In 2008 NOTW settled a phone hacking claim against them brought by Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association; thesettlement payment was £600,000 (appr0x $967,000). In January of this year Bloomberg reported:
At least seven pending lawsuits from celebrities allege their phone voicemails were hacked into by News of the World.
Actress Sienna Miller received an apology and a settlement of £100,00 ($164,000) for legal costs and personal damages after filing suit against NOTW for phone hacks that occurred in the mid 2000. Miller was Jude Law’s girl friend from 2004 to 2006. They reunited three years later, but ended the relationship this February. Law and his relationships have long been tabloid fodder, but nothing justifies phone hacking.