Friday, March 9, 2012

#Leveson Inquiry :Footballer Jermaine Jenas sues News of the World for alleged phone hacking

Jermaine Jenas
Jermaine Jenas, right, is suing the News of the World over alleged phone hacking. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Action Images
Jermaine Jenas, the England and Tottenham Hotspur footballer, has become the latest public figure to sue News International over alleged phone hacking by the News of the World.

The 29-year-old midfielder filed a lawsuit against the publisher and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire at the high court in London on Thursday.

News International has settled 55 out of 60 initial civil claims for invasion of privacy, but could face up to 200 more, with figures including Cherie Blair, the wife of the former Labour prime minister, and Alex Best, the wife of the ex-Manchester United footballer George Best, having already filed. Others who have filed claims include TV personalities Jamie Theakston and Jeff Brazier, and footballers Peter Crouch and Kieron Dyer.

The publisher has also received almost 50 inquiries regarding the compensation scheme it set up last year for victims of phone-hacking.

News International settled 37 civil actions in January – including high-profile actions brought by the actor Jude Law and the son of the serial killer Harold Shipman – in a bid to prevent them from going to trial, and paid out to another 21 victims of phone hacking last month.

News International declined to comment.