NEW YORK: News Corp’s legal woes in the British phone hacking scandal have spread across the Atlantic, with a lawsuit filed in a US court alleging invasion of privacy of Angelina Jolie’s stunt double.
A suit filed on June 13 by British national Eunice Huthart accused the firm’s now defunct News of the World of intercepting her voice mail messages while she was working as a stunt double for the US actress.
The complaint filed in federal court seeks “maximum statutory actual damages” along with punitive damages against Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, the News International and News Group Newspapers subsidiaries and other unidentified individuals.
It said Huthart, who is the godmother of Jolie’s first biological child, lost numerous phone messages in 2004 and 2005, including from Jolie, while working on films including “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”
Huthart’s mobile phone number, account number and personal code appeared in the notes of Glenn Mulcaire, who was imprisoned in Britain for six months in 2007 for illegally intercepting phone messages at the request of News of the World.
The weekly was shut down in July 2011 after it emerged it had illegally accessed the mobile phone voice messages of hundreds of high-profile figures, including a missing teenager who was later found murdered.