Celebrities Celebrating News of the World Demise


The current scandal first broke in 2005 when Buckingham Palace initially suspected outside tampering with Prince William's voice mail. News of the World published an article about a knee injury he sustained and that only a small circle of people knew about. His staff went to the police with their suspicions.

Prince William.

In August 2006, police arrested the paper's royal editor, Clive Goodman, and Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator who hacked into the voicemails for him. Both did jail time in 2007.

During Mulcaire's indictment, it became clear that the paper was targeting more than just the royals. Elle MacPherson was among those named.

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Prince William and Prince Harry's private secretary, and Heather Mills, Paul McCartney's ex-wife, were also warned by Scotland Yard that their phone messages were being intercepted.

After learning that she had been a target, actress Sienna Miller, Jude Law's on-again, off-again girlfriend, sued News Corp., the parent company of News of the World, for breach of privacy and harassment.

According to a legal document obtained by The Guardian, Miller suspected her mobile phone was not secure and changed it twice, but Mulcaire's handwritten notes show that he was able to obtain the new number, account number, pin code and password for all three phones.

Jude Law and Sienna Miller.

He obtained similar details for a phone belonging to Law.

Miller settled the case just last month, reportedly for £100,000.

Comedian Steve Coogan, star of "Tropic Thunder" and "Night at the Museum," is still battling his case with News Corp.

According to The Guardian, Coogan's witness statement showed: "He conducts business by voicemail messages. He tends to let messages stack up ... There is essentially a treasure trove of commercial information on his voicemail at any one time."

Coogan's lawsuit is most likely not the last.

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