Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator at the center of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, filed a lawsuit yesterday against News Corp., the parent company of the now-shuttered tabloid. Mulcaire would like his former employer to pay for his legal fees.
Mulcaire, who was already jailed back in 2007 for hacking, filed the suit against News Group Newspapers Ltd., a subsidiary of News International, which is News Corp.'s British publishing arm. News Group publishes the Sun, one of News Corp.'s other tabloids, and used to publish the News of the World.
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Mulcaire remains at the center of the phone hacking scandal for his suspected involvement in the hacking of numerous victims, including the murdered teen Milly Dowler. It was the case of Dowler that reignited this scandal in early July.
News Corp.'s relationship with Mulcaire has come under scrutiny because it was revealed that Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate had previously paid for Mulcaire's legal fees.
Both Rupert Murdoch, News Corp.'s chairman and CEO, and James Murdoch, who holds those positions for the company's international operations, told Parliament in their July testimony that they did not know if the company was still paying those legal fees. However, they announced the next day that it had been but that it would cease to do so.
It was later revealed that Mulcaire received upwards of $400,000. Mulcaire now wants more fees paid for.