The phone-hacking scandal at News Corp.’s U.K. newspapers simmered for nearly five years before erupting on the national scene in July 2011 amid the discovery that journalists had hacked the phone of a murdered schoolgirl.
Rebekah Brooks was cast as the chief villain in the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal for three years. Her supporters cheered when she was cleared of all charges after an eight-month trial that pored over her life as a tabloid editor, executive, wife and mistress.
Sienna Miller, the British actress whose phone-hacking lawsuit against News Corp. helped trigger the demise of the News of the World tabloid, said she wrongfully accused friends and family of leaking information to the press.
Actress Sienna Miller was offered 100,000 pounds ($163,000) by News Corp. ’s U.K. unit to settle a lawsuit over allegations her mobile phone was hacked into by journalists at the News of the World newspaper.
Actress Sienna Miller claimed News of the World ’s top news editor ordered the hacking of her phone’s voice mail, and those of her friends and employees, to get personal information, the Guardian reported today.