But it’s not just the famous couple that earned the right to be spied on via their super celebrity status -- between 2000 and 2006 A LOT of people had their privacy invaded, all for the sake of breaking news.
The Huffington Post has the details of the ongoing investigation.
The now closed Rupert Murdoch owned News of the World tabloid spent six years in the beginning of the millennium tapping phones to get illegal scoop.
Members of the Royal family, various celebrities and even a victim of a brutal crime had their phones, voicemails and privacy hacked throughout these years.
In 2006, the events came to light when an editor was arrested. Executives claimed this person acted alone and the whole thing kind of blew over.
Other more reputable publications including the Guardian and The New York Times launched their own investigation which forced police to do the same, and Murdoch to do some backpedaling, like five years later.
At this point, editors, reporters and an ex-aide to the prime minister have all been brought up on charges in this “campaign of illegal espionage.” There are many denials of any wrongdoing. But some of them may face fines and a bit of jail time.
The whole thing is an embarrassment to Prime Minister David Cameron as aside from being more obviously mortified by implications of his societies overall impropriety, he not only formerly employed one of the suspects, but considered another one of the accused a personal friend.
Def not a good look for Cameron, or Britain itself.
The investigation and pending trials are far from being concluded.
In addition to Brangelina, Jude Law (and his ex-wife Sadie Frost and ex-gf Sienna Miller), and Paul McCartney were some celeb victims named in the investigations.
There’s no way of knowing what tid-bits we all seem to somehow be able to recall about these people were obtained through these totally unethical means.