Angelina Jolie’s Stunt Double Loses Bid To Fight Phone Hacking Case In The U.S.

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May 22, 2014 | 9:41pm EST

Angelina Jolie’s longtime stunt double has lost her bid to seek justice against those who intercepted voicemails between her and the actress in the U.S.
Lawyers for News Corp., the company behind the ongoing U.K. phone hacking scandal, have successfully argued that
Eunice Huthart should pursue a wiretapping lawsuit in England.
The ruling came after U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald declared the Liverpool native, who sued News Corp. last summer, should fight the case in her native Britain.
The judge stated, “English law recognizes claims for breach of confidence and misuse of private information. Under English law, remedies for these claims include compensatory damages, account of profits, and injunctive relief. Moreover, England has enacted a number of statutes, which prohibit the interception of communications over telecommunication systems, the unauthorized disclosure of personal data, and the unauthorized accessing of data held on a computer.”
Huthart, who is a godmother to Jolie’s daughter Shiloh, claims her name, cellphone number and other details showed up in the notes of the private investigator who was jailed for hacking into the voicemails of stars, and she maintains her privacy was compromised by those keen to get information about her former roommate Jolie’s relationship with Brad Pitt, while they all worked on action movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2004.
News Corp. bosses shut down Sunday tabloid News of the World in the wake of the scandal and have been fighting lawsuits and claims from celebrities ever since.
The company has set up a compensation scheme in the U.K. with 426 applicants, 359 invitations to join and 272 settlements.