News Corporation is facing its first phone-hacking lawsuit in the US after a former stunt double for Angelina Jolie launched a lawsuit alleging her mobile phone messages were intercepted by the now defunct News of the World and the Sun.
The civil claim opens up a potential new frontline in News Corporation's battle to close the scandal, with the Sun accused of phone hacking for the first time.
Eunice Huthart, who is British, worked with the star from 2001 on blockbuster movies including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Salt and Mr and Mrs Smith. She had previously enjoyed TV fame in the 1990s as Blaze in the UK entertainment show Gladiators.
She alleges that messages left on her phone were hacked when she was working in the US in 2005 on Mr & Mrs Smith.
Huthart claims in court papers filed in Los Angeles that "illegal activities were undertaken ... principally through the two newspapers, the Sun and the News of the World".
The papers were lodged by Norman Siegal, the New York attorney who represented families of the victims of the September 11 victims.
Huthart is seeking compensatory, statutory and punitive damages for violations of the Stored Communications Act, the Wiretap Act, the California constitution, and invasion of privacy and intrusion into private affairs.
The newspaper/for-profit education division will have to pony up the legal costs for this suit.
Same goes if more suits are filed.
Until today, the hacking case had been contained to Britain.