It is certainly the bug bear in Rupert Murdoch’s side and shows no sign of quietly disappearing into the night.
Eight years after it was first brought to light, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp is facing yet another phone-hacking lawsuit – this one from Angelina Jolie’s stunt double.
Eunice Huthart claims that representatives from News Corp illegally hacked into her mobile phone. Huthart joins a long list of public figures to sue the company including Hugh Grant, Jude Law, Sienna Miller, former UK Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott as well as victims of UK crimes and their families such as Milly Dowler, victims of the 7/7 London bombings and relatives of British soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
According to reports from E!, Huthart is “claiming a violation of her rights to privacy, unlawful access to stored communications and interference with her voice mails stored on her phone.” She is seeking damages and a jury trial.
Huthart worked with Jolie from 2004 to 2010 and, according to court documents, even lived with the star while they filmed Mr. & Mrs. Smith. In addition to be Jolie’s stunt double, she is also godmother to Jolie’s daughter with Brad Pitt, Shiloh. Huthart claims the incidents took place during this time that she was working with Jolie.
Huthart first noticed something odd about her mobile back in 2005 when she did not receive several voice messages left on her phone from family and friends. Huthart said that Jolie had “left messages concerning hotel arrangements where she was staying, code names for hotels and individuals, dinner reservations, meet up times” etc but that they were never received.
At the time, Huthart made complaints to her mobile service provider. However, it was only once news broke about the phone-hacking scandal that she learnt that she was caught up in the scandal. It is believed that a private investigator working for News Corp obtained access to her personal information, which was later used in newspaper reports.
It certainly appears that the list of victims from the scandal is far from complete and the fallout will be haunting News Corp for many more years to come.