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Andy Coulson sues after legal fees withdrawn

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson is suing News Group Newspapers, a subsidiary of News International, over its decision to stop paying his legal fees.

Mr Coulson resigned from his position as Prime Minister David Cameron's spin chief in January. He has since been arrested on suspicion of corruption and phone hacking and released on police bail until next month.

A source said papers were served at the High Court yesterday “regarding the termination of the payment for his legal action”.

News International declined to comment.

A spokesman for law firm DLA Piper, which represents Mr Coulson, said: “We can confirm that proceedings have been issued.”

Despite resigning as editor of the News of the World in 2007, Mr Coulson has consistently maintained he had been unaware of the practice of phone hacking, claiming it was confined to one rogue reporter.

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