'Museum' actor files suit against U.K. paper

Steve Coogan alleges phone-tapping by News of the World

LONDON -- Steve Coogan, who starred in "Night at the Museum" and "The Trip," is taking legal action against the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper News of the World, in what has become a growing row over the periodical's role in widespread allegations of illegal phone-tapping.

Sienna Miller, "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" host Chris Tarrant and a slew of politicians are also thought likely to take action against the paper in what could amount to a legal bonanza if their claims are upheld.

Coogan has hired celebrity legal big gun John Kelly, from London law firm Schillings, to take action against the tabloid paper, alleging that the actor/comedian's cell phone messages were hacked into by staff of the paper.

Sienna Miller is reported by the Guardian newspaper to have hired litigation specialists to handle her case.

Coogan's cell phone number, account number and other confidential information were seized as part of a police investigation into Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator hired by the paper in 2006.

At the time, the police investigation triggered the resignation of the paper's editor Andy Coulson, who is now spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The News of the World's royal reporter Clive Goodman was later jailed, but details of several hundred numbers thought to belong to celebrities, sports stars and politicians have not yet been revealed by police, despite mounting pressure.

In a row that has been rumbling for some weeks, an increasing number of individuals have approached the police asking if their phone records have been involved.
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