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Former Sun Topless Model, Comedian Sue News Corp., Hacker

April 16, 2012

News Corp. (NWSA:US)’s U.K. unit, facing hundreds more lawsuits over phone-hacking by its now-defunct News of the World tabloid, was sued by a British comedian and his ex-wife who posed topless in another Rupert Murdoch paper.

The unit, London-based News International, and its ex- private eye Glenn Mulcaire, who was jailed for phone hacking in 2007, were sued April 10 by Robert Nankeville, known as Bobby Davro, and his former wife Trudi Nankeville, according to court documents.

Davro, performed on television in the 1980s and later acted in TV shows including BBC’s “EastEnders,” according to IMDB. His wife was a so-called Page Three Girl, a term used for women who appear topless on the third page of Murdoch’s Sun daily tabloid.

News Corp., based in New York, has spent at least $195 million dealing with the scandal and settling with dozens of celebrities, lawmakers and crime victims to avoid a public trial. About 200 new cases are being prepared, lawyers have said and recent cases were filed by ex-U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair’s wife Cherie and soccer player David Beckham’s father.

Murdoch, News Corp.’s chairman, shuttered the News of the World in July in a bid to contain public anger after it was revealed the tabloid hacked into the voice mail of a murdered schoolgirl. London police have arrested more than 30 people in three related probes of the company and identified more than 800 likely victims of the practice.

News International spokeswoman Mary Kearney declined to comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Larson in London at elarson4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net


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