High Court rules there is enough evidence for claims against the tabloid newspaper
Babyshambles‘ former manager James Mullard is taking The Sun to court over phone hacking allegations.
He is among a host of people including entertainer Les Dennis, who are suing the paper after a High Court judge ruled there was enough evidence for claims against the tabloid to be heard in a civil court.
It is alleged that 40 articles printed in The Sun were obtained through phone hacking, including some while the paper was edited by Rebekah Brooks. Brooks, who was cleared of all phone-hacking charges in a trial which ended in 2014, returned as chief executive of News UK, publisher of The Sun as well as The Times and Sunday Times.
Mr Justice Mann said today (April 28) that a trial to hear the claims should go ahead after considering evidence including allegations that senior executives and journalists who could have known about phone hacking at the now defunct News Of The World moved to The Sun, reports The Guardian.
He also took into account evidence from those previously convicted of phone hacking concerning specific stories in the latter. The ruling did not accept that the evidence was proof of unlawful activity, but that it was sufficient to justify a full trial.
Meanwhile, Pete Doherty is due to embark on a UK tour next month.
He will play:
Bristol, Academy (May 11)
Glasgow, Barrowland (May 13)
Aberdeen, Garage (May 14)
Newcastle, Riverside (May 16)
Manchester, Albert Hall (May 17)
London, Hackney Empire (May 19-20)
Doherty is also expected to release the follow up to his 2009 debut ‘Grace/ Wastelands’ at some point in 2016.
It was reported earlier this year that the album has the working title ‘Flags Of The Old Regime’, which is the name of an Amy Winehouse tribute single Doherty released in 2015 with proceeds going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.