Jude Law to Be Interviewed by FBI Over Rupert Murdoch Phone-Hacking Scandal

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Jul. 22 2011, Published 8:31 a.m. ET

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Jude Law is seeking some vengeance on Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. The FBI will be interviewing the Sherlock Holmes star over claims he made in a lawsuit that his voicemail was hacked by employees of The Sun and News of the World — which has recently collapsed.

Jude initiated a lawsuit that his voicemail was hacked eight years ago while he was in New York City, and since the hacking occurred in the U.S., the FBI was the investigating agency.

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Rupert Murdoch's current phone-hacking scandal involves NOTW employees allegedly hacking into cell phone voicemails of royals, celebrities, politicians and, in the worst case, a teen murder victim. The charges have launched a full investigation in England of Murdoch's empire and its practices.

Jude claims that News of the World published a story in September 2003 based on information that could have been obtained only by information from his cell phone and that of his assistant, Ben Jackson, while they were at JFK Airport in NYC, E! News reports.

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An FBI spokesman, however, told E!: "We do not confirm or deny investigations that are going on. We are in the practice of rigorously protecting people 's identities that are subject to investigation or people who are witnesses, for example."

Last month, NOTW agreed to pay Jude's on-again, off-again girlfriend Sienna Miller, $164,000 representing legal fees and damages, for a similar phone-hacking incident.

Two editors and one reporter were arrested, and police initiated a criminal investigation. Sienna wasn’t in court for her hearing, but her attorney, David Sherbourne, indicated that in 2005 and 2006 NOTW published articles that had intrusive and private information about her.

He mentioned she didn’t know “whether someone close to her was leaking information or whether her mobile telephone was somehow being hacked into.” He added, “Both possibilities were extremely distressing.”


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