Obtaining information illegally?: Prince Harry and Elton John sue a newspaper publisher

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Illegal information obtained?
Prince Harry and Elton John sue newspaper publishers

Wiretapping, manipulation, cheating: Several celebrities accuse the British Daily Mail publisher of “disgusting criminal activity” in obtaining private information. The list of criminal offenses ends up with the court.

Britain’s Prince Harry, pop star Elton John and other celebrities have sued a newspaper publisher for illegal invasion of privacy. According to a report from Britain’s PA news agency, they are accusing the “Daily Mail” publisher of having hired private investigators to hide listening devices in cars and apartments and to illegally record private telephone conversations.

The lawsuit against publisher Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) alleges “overwhelming and deeply disturbing evidence” that the plaintiffs were victims of “atrocious criminal activity and gross violations of privacy”. In addition to Prince Harry and Elton John, the accusers include actresses Liz Hurley and Sadie Frost, Elton John’s husband David Furnish and the mother of black teenager Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered in a racist attack in 1993.

The plaintiffs also allege that ANL paid bribes to police officers to obtain confidential information, according to the letter released by the law firm Hamlins, which acts for the group. In addition, medical records were obtained “through deception” and bank statements were obtained “by illegal means and manipulation”.

“So now they have come together to find out the truth and hold the journalists accountable, many of whom still hold high authority and power today,” Hamlins said in his statement. ANL, publisher of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday and Mail Online and one of the world’s most widely read news websites, dismissed the allegations as “baseless allegations”.

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