The phone of Angelina Jolie’s stunt double was hacked by a private investigator at News Corp. (NWSA:US)’s U.K. unit while she was living with the actress in Los Angeles, prosecutors said during the third week of a London trial.
Eunice Huthart, a British citizen, had her voice-mail messages intercepted in 2005 by the detective who worked for the News of the World tabloid while she filmed “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” prosecutors told jurors today.
Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive officer of the U.K. unit, and Andy Coulson, a former editor of the now-defunct News of the World, are among eight people on trial over phone hacking and bribes to public officials. News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch closed the tabloid in 2011 to defuse a scandal over revelations that journalists had hacked the phone of a missing teenager, who was later found murdered.
Huthart was the first person to file a U.S. lawsuit against News Corp. over phone hacking. A separate U.S. inquiry was begun into whether bribes paid to U.K. police officers violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or FCPA, which bars overseas corruption by U.S. companies.
Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who prosecutors said hacked Huthart’s phone, has already pleaded guilty in the case.
Andrew Edis, the lead prosecutor, told the jury today that the Duchess of Cambridge, then known as Kate Middleton before she married Prince William, was on a list of 18 “target” names in Mulcaire’s notebooks. Other people on the list included Boris Johnson, who is now the mayor of London, and celebrity publicist Max Clifford.
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