Giggs in action over hacking claims
Footballer Ryan Giggs has become the latest celebrity to launch legal action against the News of the World over alleged phone hacking by the newspaper, his lawyers confirmed.
The development came as News International, parent company of the tabloid and its daily sister paper The Sun, acknowledged former Sun and NOTW editor Rebekah Brooks had been shown documents by police proving that her voicemail had been illegally intercepted.
Law firm Schillings said "proceedings have been issued" by Giggs against the Sunday paper, but would not comment further.
News International said it was "aware of the claim" in relation to the Manchester United player.
On the subject of Brooks, a spokeswoman said: "News International can confirm that Rebekah Brooks was recently shown documents by the police that proved she was a victim of illegal voicemail interception."
Scotland Yard, which is investigating multiple claims that NOTW staff hacked into the answerphone messages of celebrities and politicians, would not comment on the cases of either Giggs or Brooks.
Giggs's action against the Sunday newspaper comes after he obtained a court order banning the reporting of an affair he allegedly had with former Big Brother housemate Imogen Thomas. The injunction was breached in the House of Commons last month after details appeared on the internet.
This was followed by reports earlier this month that he had had an affair with his own sister-in-law. The midfielder was reported to have slept with his younger brother Rhodri's wife Natasha - a claim which he told Rhodri was untrue, according to the Sun.
The 37-year-old, who has two children with his wife Stacey, 32, was awarded an OBE in 2007 and is one of the Premier League's most successful footballers.
He is now the most recent in a string of high profile figures revealed to be possible targets of hacking.