Actor Jude Law‘s accusation that the News of the World hacked his cell phone is, on its face, similar to the thousands of other alleged privacy violations that have emerged throughout the ongoing hacking scandal.
But for Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corporation, there’s one important difference: Law claims that his mobile phone was hacked in the United States. If there’s evidence supporting the claim, BBC News reports, it could open News Corp. up to charges in American courts.
According to the BBC, the FBI wants to interview Law, who filed a lawsuit last week claiming that both his phone and his assistant’s phone were hacked while they were in New York City’s John F. Kennedy airport in 2003.
The FBI is reportedly also investigating whether News of the World attempted to hack 9/11 victims’ phones, but the Sherlock Holmes actor’s claims appear to be the first specific allegations of wrongdoing in the U.S.
Law, whose former partner, actress Sienna Miller, also sued News of the World for hacking, has filed a separate suit against The Sun, another Murdoch tabloid, claiming the paper hacked into his voicemail in 2005 and 2006.
That claim, if proved to be true, would also widen the scandal in the UK beyond the News of the World.
“We believe this is a deeply cynical and deliberately mischievous attempt to draw the Sun into the phone-hacking issue,” News International responded in a statement. “The allegations have been carefully investigated by our lawyers and the evidence shows they have no foundation whatsoever.”