Celebrity Hacking Scandal Widens In U.k.
Former News of the World assistant editor Ian Edmondson has been named as an additional defendant in the case of a woman suing the British tabloid for allegedly hacking her voicemail. Edmondson was suspended last December after Scotland Yard, which has renewed its investigation of the hacking claims, turned up evidence indicating that he had authorized a private detective to access the voice mail of certain politicians and celebrities. His name has now been added to the lawsuit filed by Nicola Phillips, a former assistant to celebrity publicist Max Clifford, who claims her voicemail was intercepted by private detective Glenn Mulcaire. (Mulcaire, along with News of the World reporter Clive Goodman, was jailed for telephone hacking in 2007.) Clifford, whose clients include TV producer/personality Simon Cowell and numerous British film stars, settled his own case against News of the World for alleged phone hacking for more than $1.5 million.