Rupert Murdoch's News International media group is facing a firestorm over allegations that its News of the World tabloid hacked into the voicemails of newsmakers and public figures. The victims and targets allegedly include celebrities, athletes, politicians, a murder victim and members of Britain's royal family.
Hugh Grant is one of the high-profile names who allegedly had his phone hacked by the tabloid. The actor said in July that police have asked him to testify at an inquiry into the allegations, and he is among those calling for a full investigation into the alleged phone hacking by journalists in Murdoch's media empire.
Here's a look at some of the other famous faces linked to the scandal:
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Actress Sienna Miller, who had her cell phone messages hacked by News of the World, settled her case against the tabloid in May 2011 for 100,000 pounds ($164,500) in damages. A month later, the paper issued a formal apology to Miller for intercepting voicemail messages intended for her.
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Prince William was identified as a target of phone hacking during the 2006 trial of News of the World royals editor Clive Goodman. According to BBC News, Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire both pleaded guilty to unlawfully accessing messages received by three royal aides. The investigation reportedly began after William became suspicious about a News of the World article about a knee injury in November 2005. In 2007, Goodman was jailed for four months, and Mulcaire was given a six-month sentence.
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Prince Harry, along with his brother, William, and three members of the royal staff, was named as a victim of phone hacking during News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman's 2006 trial. According to Britain's Guardian newspaper, police had warned members of the royal family about private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and phone hacking as far back as 2006.
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The Guardian reports that the former Kate Middleton was among those targeted by Jonathan Rees, a private investigator who allegedly provided information to News of the World, before she married Prince William.
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Actor Jude Law will be one of the four test cases of alleged News of the World hacking victims that will go to trial next year, BBC News reports.
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Newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch's News International media group allegedly targeted former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, attempting to access his voicemail and obtaining information from his bank account, legal files and his family's medical records, the Guardian reports. In addition to the News of the World targeting the phones of Brown and his wife, Sarah, the newspaper reported that another Murdoch tabloid, The Sun, obtained medical records in 2006 for the couple's 4-month-old son, who has cystic fibrosis.
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Model Elle Macpherson was one of the celebrities named in the indictment at the 2007 trial of News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire. The court heard that when Macpherson suspected her messages were being listened to, she was so afraid she had her home swept for bugs, according to BBC News.
In April 2011, Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney said he was contacted by Scotland Yard detectives investigating phone hacking. Rooney reportedly wrote on Twitter, "Scotland Yard detectives came to see me earlier and showed me some documents. Looks like a newspaper have hacked into my phone."
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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Police have warned Buckingham Palace that they have found evidence that as many as 10 members of the royal family may have had their voicemail hacked by News of the World, including Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. According to the Guardian, a palace source said police told the prince and his wife that they had been identified as "likely targets" of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, a phone hacker for the tabloid.
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Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Britian's Prince Edward was reportedly a hacking target, along with his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex. The Guardian reports that the couple was targeted by Jonathan Rees, a private investigator who allegedly targeted public figures and members of Britain's royal family on behalf of News International.
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In May 2011, the Guardian reported that former model/charity campaigner (and Paul McCartney's ex) Heather Mills was considering suing News of the World over alleged phone hacking. According to the newspaper, police have shown Mills evidence seized from private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, which could form the basis for a claim.
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Paul McCartney, seen here in London, Feb. 11 2008, told the Television Critics Association in the U.S. that he plans to contact police over allegations that his voicemails were intercepted. He told a concert audience, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, "apparently I have been hacked."
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Prime Minister Tony Blair
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is reportedly among the public figures allegedly targeted by private investigator Jonathan Rees on behalf of News International.
Sports pundit and former soccer star Andy Gray reached a settlement with News Group Newspapers, the News International subsidiary that publishes the News of the World, in June 2011 over phone hacking allegations. The former footballer accepted 20,000 pounds ($32,000) in damages plus undisclosed costs, the Guardian reports.