Mulcaire says publisher should pay legal bills

The private investigator jailed for phone hacking at the News of the World has issued a High Court writ suing the defunct tabloid’s publisher, News Intl., to force it to pay his legal bills.

News Intl. stopped paying Glenn Mulcaire’s legal costs after it emerged in the July 19 public grilling of Rupert and James Murdoch by British politicians that the company was still covering his espenses. In 2007, Mulcaire served a jail sentence for illegally intercepting voice messages on phones belonging to members of the British royal household.

According to the Guardian paper, a court has also ordered the P.I. to reveal who told him to hack the voicemails of actor Steve Coogan, model Elle MacPherson and others. Mulcaire is expected to reveal these names within the next week in a move certain to be another blow to News Corp., parent of News Intl.

The impending disclosures are the result of legal action taken by Coogan, who claims his phone was hacked by the News of the World. Coogan said: “After six months of refusing to answer these questions I am pleased that Glenn Mulcaire has now finally been ordered to say who at the News of the World asked him to hack the mobile phones of Max Clifford, Sky Andrew, Gordon Taylor, Simon Hughes MP, Elle MacPherson and Jo Armstrong.

“Whilst I am pleased with this latest development I remain frustrated by Mr. Mulcaire’s refusal to answer questions about who authorized him to unlawfully access my voicemail messages and will continue to press for these answers.”

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