Will all this phone hacking never end?
The latest to claim the Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World hacked his phone is actor Jude Law, and now the Federal Bureau of Investigation is preparing to open a new case, writes The Hollywood Reporter. (9/11 victims may have had voicemails hacked into by journalists)
The newspaper allegedly hacked Law’s phone while he was at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport, and used information from his voicemail for a 2003 news story. Law also claims in a lawsuit that his assistant was the target of phone hacking as well.
If proven true, the allegations could mean even more bad news for Murdoch, who has already been under fire in Britain for weeks, and recently testified before Parliament.
The case could spawn a second FBI investigation into News of the World-related hacking. The bureau is already looking at claims that the British tabloid paper tried to access voicemail left on phones belonging to victims of the September 11 attacks. News of the World would likely face prosecution in the United States if the allegations are confirmed.
Murdoch’s company disputes Law’s claims, and said the accusations would be challenged “vigorously.”
Law is also pursuing legal action against The Sun, claiming that London paper hacked his voicemail for source material used in four stories it published in 2005 and 2006.