-By Warner Todd Huston
In the first lawsuit filed in the U.S. over the British phone hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp media empire, a stuntwoman for actress Angelina Jolie has filed suit alleging that the media company hacked her telephone.
The suit was filed on June 13 by professional stunt double Eunice Huthart who claims that News Corp’s tabloids The Sun and News of the World spied on her phone while she worked on location as Jolie’s stunt double.
The stuntwoman says the hacking occurred over the years 2004 and 2005 as she worked on the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
The suit (Western Division, L.A. case No. 13-04253) alleges that Huthart began to miss messages on her phone, messages that later ended up in stories about the budding relationship between Jolie and actor Brad Pitt, co-stars on the action movie on which the stuntwoman was working.
Huthart alleges that one of the messages would have informed her to meet Miss Jolie at her hotel where the famed actress was checked in under the pseudonym “Pocahontas,” a message the stuntwoman says she never received due to its interception by the tabloids.
A year ago, News Corp initiated plans to split the entertainment division away from its publishing division, a move meant to help shield some of the company’s assets.
Aside from the extensive investigation into the phone hacking scandal, Murdoch’s British media holdings have come under fire in what some felt was “political revenge” after a crack down on the British Broadcasting Corporation.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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