Mills, Fallon Sue News Corp., Detective in Phone-Hacking Scandal

David Mills, the former husband of U.K. lawmaker Tessa Jowell, and jockey Kieren Fallon sued a News Corp. unit and the private detective at the center of the U.K. phone hacking scandal.

The lawsuits were filed on March 18 in the High Court in London against News Corp.’s News Group Newspapers and Glenn Mulcaire, the private detective who was jailed over claims he accessed voicemail messages of the royal family. Jowell filed a suit against the Metropolitan Police last week to find out if they had evidence her phone was hacked, according to two people familiar with the case. Details on the suits weren’t immediately available from the court.

More than a half dozen celebrities, including actress Sienna Miller, have sued over claims their private voicemail messages were illegally accessed for stories at News Corp.’s News of the World newspaper. Actor Jude Law, who has had a relationship with Miller, filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police yesterday.

News of the World spokeswoman Hayley Barlow declined to comment.

Last week, U.K. sports agent Sky Andrew, who’s suing News of the World over phone hacking claims, won a bid to force the Metropolitan Police to hand over evidence obtained in a related criminal probe. Mulcaire and the paper’s former royal editor Clive Goodman were jailed in 2007 for accessing the phone messages of members of the royal family.

A judge in 2007 dismissed U.K. fraud charges against Fallon and five others midway through a trial over race-fixing claims. Police and prosecutors had spent three years preparing the case alleging Fallon conspired to fix as many as 27 races.

Prosecutors in Italy in February received approval to restart a bribery trial against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is accused of paying Mills $600,000 to lie on his behalf in another trial, Ansa newswire said. It’s one of four trials the premier faces this year including for alleged prostitution.

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