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45 Celebs Sue News Corp Over Fake Sheikh

45 Celebs Sue News Corp Over Fake Sheikh

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By    |   Friday, 21 October 2016 09:28 PM

Nearly four dozen celebrities have filed lawsuits against Rupert Murdoch's News Corp because of the work of an undercover journalist who was sentenced to prison Friday.

According to The Guardian, Mazher Mahmood was handed a 15-month sentence for tampering with evidence in a drug case involving British singer Tulisa Contostavlos. Mahmood, 53, and his driver were found to have altered a statement Contostavlos said to them before bringing evidence to the police.

Contostavlos' case was thrown out because of their actions.

On Friday, the Guardian reported that 45 celebrities with whom Mahmood dealt during his 33 years of working as an undercover journalist have filed lawsuits with News Corp — the parent company of News UK, which fired Mahmood after his conviction.

Mahmood, who is Pakistani, posed undercover in several roles, most notably as the "Fake Sheikh," in order to infiltrate organizations and/or get close to public figures and other civilians for the purposes of getting a scoop. He would also turn evidence over to London's Metropolitan Police, which led to several convictions over the years.

But there were reports in the mid-2000s that Mahmood had police officers serving as his informants. He was also accused on multiple occasions of entrapment.

"I've had calls from people from all walks of life that he deliberately set up," attorney Mark Lewis, who is representing some of the people Mahmood targeted in their lawsuits, told The Guardian.

"Some of these people had their lives ruined for over 20 years. They lost not just their livelihoods but their liberty, careers, families."

News UK told the BBC that Mahmood's work led to "scores of successful investigations [which] led to the exposure of criminality and wrongdoing. It is a source of great regret that his time with the company should end in this manner."

Judge Gerald Gordon told Mahmood Friday that he did "some good work" during his career as an undercover journalist, but he crossed the line in the case of Contostavlos.

"The motive was to preserve and enhance your reputation," Gordon said, reports The Telegraph. "You wanted another scalp and Miss Contostavlos' conviction would have achieved that. And to achieve that, when you saw a problem, you were prepared for the court to be deceived."

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