Elton John. (Getty)
A group of high-profile celebrities have launched a major lawsuit against The Daily Mail and associated websites for “gross breaches of privacy.”
The group, including Sir Elton John and Prince Harry, claimed that they had “become aware of compelling and highly distressing evidence” that they were the victims of “abhorrent criminal activity” by the publishing company Associated Newspapers.
Brands affiliated with the publisher include The Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, and The Mail Online.
According to a Thursday (6 October) Twitter thread by BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford, the rest of the group includes David Furnish, Elizabeth Hurley, and Sadie Frost.
Prince Harry, Sir Elton John, David Furnish, Elizabeth Hurley, Sadie Frost and Baroness Doreen Lawrence have launched a legal action against Associated Newspapers, publishers of The Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday and the Mail Online.
— Daniel Sandford (@BBCDanielS) October 6, 2022
It also includes Baroness Doreen Lawrence, the mother of the Black teenager Stephen Lawrence who was murdered in a racially motivated hate crime in 1993.
Hamlins LLP, who is representing Harry and Frost, said in a statement that the “unlawful acts alleged to have taken place” include various privacy breaches, including “the hiring of private investigators to secretly place listening devices inside people’s cars and homes.”
Lawrence, Hurley, John, and Furnish are being represented by gunnercooke LLP according to Reuters.
The group of celebrities also alleges that the publisher commissioned individuals to “surreptitiously listen into and record people’s live, private telephone calls,” as well as falsely impersonating individuals to obtain private medical records and bank accounts.
Shockingly, they also allege that police officials “with corrupt links to private investigators” were bribed for private and sensitive information.
The accusations are also concerning when compared to Harry and Meghan’s relationship with the British tabloid press. The pair declared they would have “zero engagement” with major British newspapers after increased harassment.
During a February interview with James Cordon, Harry said: “It was a really difficult environment as a lot of people saw. We all know what the British press can be like.
“It was destroying my mental health. I was like, this is toxic,” he continued. “So I did what any husband [or] father would do – I need to get my family out of here.”
PinkNews has contacted Associated Newspapers for comment.
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