News Corp’s Phone Hacking Scandal Spreads to the United States

Not our favorite kind of British Invasion.

Hi, Rupert

A trio of civil lawsuits will be filed in American courts against Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Reports in the Daily Mail and Daily Beast indicate attorney Mark Lewis is prepared to file suit on behalf of three unnamed clients in America, claiming the phone hacking, believed to be a U.K. phenomenon until now, took place here as well:

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In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, Lewis confirmed for the first time that he plans to file three separate lawsuits on behalf of clients who believe their phones were hacked while they were on U.S. soil. At least one of the cases, Lewis adds, involves allegations that the phone of a U.S. citizen was hacked. “This is getting wider,” Lewis says. A spokesperson for News Corporation declined to comment.

Mr. Lewis wouldn’t say much about his American clients but indicated one possible victim had connections to the late Princess Diana, another was involved with a prominent English soccer team and the third was an instance where the alleged victim’s contact with a major celeb made them a hacking target as well.

The American cases stem from information found in the notebooks of Glenn Mulcaire, a private eye employed by the now-defunct News of the World.

Mr. Lewis promised the Daily Beast that there could be more phone-hacking cases in American courts soon.

News Corp’s Phone Hacking Scandal Spreads to the United States