A woman who worked as a stunt double for Angelina Jolie has sued Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. in Los Angeles, claiming she's a victim of a phone hacking scheme to obtain information about the actress.
Eunice Huthart, of Liverpool, England, is the first person to sue the media company in the U.S. She cited numerous references to the United Kingdom phone hacking scandal involving News Corp. companies and claims numerous grounds for damages.
In the lawsuit, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, she says she first met and worked with Jolie in 2000, and they worked together on films including "Beyond Borders" and "Tomb Raider 2." She says she developed a close friendship with Jolie and is godmother to her first biological child.
In 2004, she added, she lived with Jolie in Los Angeles while working on the film "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." Starting that year, the federal suit claims, Huthart began missing telephone messages from family, friends and others, causing damage to relationships with her daughter and husband.
Huthart says friends and relatives would ask why she had not replied to messages. "They included Ms. Jolie," the lawsuit claims, "who left messages concerning hotel arrangements where she was staying, code names for hotels and individuals, dinner reservations, meet-up times and, on occasion, when she sought the help of Plaintiff during times of need."
The lawsuit also names as defendants News Corp. entities News International Ltd. and News Group Newspapers Ltd., and unidentified private investigators and journalists.
A News Corp. representative in New York was not immediately returned.