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By Cahal Milmoand Martin Hickman
3 February 2011
Phone hacking was allegedly used by the News of the World to obtain a
story which rival titles had already obtained via the more traditional
Fleet Street tactic of a paid-for "kiss and tell", according to newly
disclosed High Court documents.
Lawyers taking action on behalf of Nicola Phillips, a former employee of
the publicist Max Clifford, have lodged a claim against the Sunday
tabloid that it illegally accessed her voicemails in 2006 to get details
of an expos√© on a relationship between the actor Ralph Fiennes and a
Romanian singer, Cornelia Crisan.
The alleged hacking, which it is claimed allowed the NotW to print a
similar story to that only obtained by the Sunday Mirror and The Mail on
Sunday after paying Ms Crisan some ¬£35,000, is the latest evidence that
the practice was used to monitor the activities of journalists and
publicists, as well as public figures and celebrities.
The former NotW editor Phil Hall, who now works as a public relations
consultant, said last night that he had been approached by clients who
believed they may have been targeted, including David Davies, the
Football Association executive who this week confirmed he had begun
legal action over alleged hacking.
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