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Sienna Miller Seeks Damages From Murdoch Newspaper Over Hacking

Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Actress Sienna Miller is seeking damages from the U.K.’s News of the World newspaper for hacking the voice mail on three of her phones to get personal information, according to court documents.

Miller claims the newspaper, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., paid private investigator Glenn Mulcaire 2,500 pounds ($3,270) a week to eavesdrop on personal messages between her, her friends and business associates. The actress, who also works as a model and fashion designer, claims news editor Ian Edmondson approved the work contract.

Miller, whose movies include “Layer Cake” and “Factory Girl,” is seeking an injunction to restrain the newspaper from “using, accessing or attempting to access voicemail messages left for her or by her and from publishing or causing to be published any confidential information,” as well as “exemplary damages” according to a court document dated Nov. 30.

U.K. prosecutors said Dec. 10 they don’t have enough evidence to file further criminal charges over allegations of phone hacking at the News of the World as witnesses refused to cooperate or denied any knowledge of wrongdoing. This followed a report by the New York Times suggesting that phone hacking was more widespread at the British newspaper than a previous criminal case showed.

“We take seriously any allegation made about the conduct of a member of staff of the News of the World during the course of litigation,” the newspaper said in an e-mailed statement on Dec. 15. “Should the allegation be proven, we will take appropriate action immediately.” The News of the World statement still applies, News Corp. said today.

Miller’s lawyers didn’t immediately respond to two calls seeking comment.

The Guardian newspaper reported Miller’s damages claim on Dec. 15.

To contact the reporters on this story: Ben Moshinsky in Brussels at bmoshinsky@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net

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