Jude Law wants justice. And the feds apparently wants to give it to him.
The FBI plans to interview the Sherlock Homes star about allegations he made in his lawsuit against Rupert Murdoch 's now shuttered The News of the World and its sister publication The Sun that his voice mail was hacked eight years ago while he was in New York City.
If true, the case would likely lead to criminal charges being filed 80-year-old mogul's News Corp. here in the U.S.
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Murdoch's U.K. subsidiary, News International, is now being investigated in Great Britain for the phone-hacking scandal that involved NOTW employees hacking into the cell phones of royals, celebrities, politicians and, perhaps most egregiously, the voice mail of a teen murder victim, mucking up a police probe and causing anguish for the girl's family.
The FBI decided to act when news surfaced that Murdoch's minions may have hacked the voice mail messages of families of 9/11 victims.
Per Law's complaint filed last week, News of the World published a story in September 2003 based on information that could only have been collected by intercepting Law's cellular communications and that of his assistant, Ben Jackson, when the two were at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport.
The BBC reported that since the pair had used an American mobile network during that time, any criminal case resulting from it would fall under U.S. jurisdiction, and therefore FBI involvement.
A spokesman for the FBI however tells E! News: "We do not confirm or deny investigations that are going on. We are in the practice of rigorously protecting people 's identities that are subject to investigation or people who are witnesses for example."
The 38-year-old thesp also sued The Sun for four articles it ran in 2005 and 2006.
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News International issued a statement last week saying those claims would be "defended vigorously."
"We believe this is a deeply cynical and deliberately mischievous attempt to draw the Sun into the phone-hacking issue," the company said. "The allegations have been carefully investigated by our lawyers and the evidence shows they have no foundation whatsoever."
We can't wait to see how this plays out.
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