Jolie stunt double sues News Corp over hacking claims

A stunt double for Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie has sued News Corp over allegations its British newspapers hacked her phone, the first lawsuit in the US against the company since a hacking scandal broke out two years ago.

Jolie stunt double sues News Corp over  hacking  claims

The lawsuit filed on June 13 by professional stunt double, Eunice Huthart, said reporters from News Corp’s tabloids The Sun and the defunct News of the World, hacked her mobile phone while she was working for Jolie on location in Los Angeles.

A spokesman for News Corp declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Huthart’s lawsuit said the hacking occurred in 2004 and 2005 while she was in the US and Britain and resulted in lost voice messages that she never received.

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 intercepting phone messages at the request of News of the World.

The missing voice mails provided information later used in news reports, according to the court document in US District Court in California.

Huthart is seeking unspecified damages.

The allegations include stories that ran in the tabloids about Jolie’s budding relationship with actor Brad Pitt — when only a tight circle of people had knowledge of it — while they were filming the movie Mr & Mrs Smith.

In one instance, Huthart was instructed to meet Jolie, who was checked into a hotel under the pseudonym “Pocahontas”. Huthart said she never received the message with the code even though Jolie’s assistant said she left it for her on the phone.

The lawsuit said that the tabloids intercepted messages left by Jolie regarding her movie career. It cited a News of the World article with the headline “Pitt Stop for Jolie” that began “Hollywood babe Angelina Jolie has threatened to quit the movies for good,” according to the complaint.

Huthart, from Liverpool, is godmother to one of Jolie’s children.

The phone hacking scandal sent shockwaves through the British establishment, forced the closure of the Sunday tabloid News of the World, prompted a huge police inquiry and lead to the arrest of more than 60 people.

But until the Huthart lawsuit, the scandal has been contained in Britain.

News Corp is preparing to split its publishing assets, which includes its British newspapers, the Wall Street Journal and book publisher HarperCollins, from its cable networks and movie studio on June 28.

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