Three civil lawsuits are to be filed in the U.S. over alleged phone hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, the first time the scandal has reached the American courts.
Mark Lewis, the lawyer for the unnamed trio, said that one of the alleged victims was connected to Princess Diana and the Royal household whilst a second is linked to the England football team.
The third is described as a ‘Hollywood case’ as the person was in touch with a well-known celebrity which made him a target.
In another first, at least once of the cases allegedly involves a phone belonging to a U.S. citizen.
Mr Lewis will file civil lawsuits in America on their behalf ‘imminently’ as all three are claiming that the criminality took place whilst they were on U.S. soil.
The legal action could open up News Corp to further embarrassing revelations and bring the scandal to its headquarters in New York.
So far it has been largely confined to the UK.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Lewis says that all of the numbers which were allegedly hacked were found in the notebooks of Glenn Mulcaire.
He was the private detective formerly employed by the News of the World, which was owned by News Corp subsidiary News International before the newspaper was closed down in July last year.