Sienna Miller to Sue Rupert Murdoch-Owned Paper Over Phone Taps

By Michael Preston
|  Wednesday, Sep 15, 2010  |  Updated 6:30 AM CDT
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NEW YORK - AUGUST 19: Actress Sienna Miller and Editor-in-chief of American Vogue, Anna Wintour are interviewed at the New York special screening of "The September Issue" at The Museum of Modern Art on August 19, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Vogue Magazine) *** Local Caption *** Sienna Miller;Anna Wintour

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Actress Sienna Miller is taking steps to sue British tabloid News of the World over an explosive scandal in which reporters hacked into the phones of some of that country's most well known public figures, reports the Guardian.

The story gained new legs recently due to a large article in the Sunday New York Times Magazine that detailed how reporter Clive Goodman of the Rupert Murdoch-owned paper gained access to the voicemails of royals like Prince Henry and Prince William, as well as other government officials, celebrities and sports stars and used that information in its reporting.

Verbatim voice mails that emerged in a news story after an incident involving Prince Harry at a London strip club in 2006 revealed to investigators the reach of the scandal, but critics of the police say that inquiries were slow played due to close ties between Scotland Yard and the News of the World.

Miller, an on-again, off-again girlfriend of movie star Jude Law, will join former deputy prime minister John Prescott as well as four others, including an investigative journalist, in asking for a court to review the conduct of Scotland Yard, the police agency that has known about the phone tapping since 2006.

The 28-year-old "Layer Cake" star initiated legal action after learning that Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator for News of the World, gained access to her cell phone numbers, her account information and her PIN codes, allowing him to listen in to her messages.

Selected Reading: Guardian U.K., Sunday New York Times Magazine, BBC

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