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Soccer player sues Murdoch’s UK newspaper over hacking scandal

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 18:00 EDT
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LONDON — Manchester United great Ryan Giggs became the latest celebrity to take legal action against the News of the World over allegedly hacking into his mobile phone, his lawyer announced on Wednesday.

The 37-year-old – who it was revealed last month by a British lawmaker was the married footballer who won a court injunction to keep details of an alleged affair secret – believes he is one of those whose phone was hacked into between 2005 and 2006.

The London Met Police are presently heading up an investigation into the claims.

In April, Giggs’s team mate Wayne Rooney said he had been contacted by detectives involved in the investigation.

In 2007, the first police investigation led to the convictions and imprisonment of then News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who was employed by the paper.

Goodman received four months and Mulcaire six months.

Five alleged victims have reached out-of-court settlements with the newspaper, including celebrity publicist Max Clifford, who received a reported £1million.

Most recently, actress Sienna Miller formally settled for £100,000 damages and costs after accepting an apology from the company for hacking into several of her phones.

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