LONDON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A former “News of the World” reporter in Hollywood has been arrested in London in connection with the telephone hacking scandal there, officials said.
James Desborough was arrested Thursday when he arrived at a south London police station to answer questions about his alleged involvement in the telephone hacking investigation that forced “World” owner Rupert Murdoch to cease publication of the newspaper, The Guardian reported.
Desborough was promoted to be the newspaper’s Los Angeles-based U.S. editor in 2009. He was given the post less than a month after winning the British Press Award for show business reporter of the year.
Desborough’s arrest is the 13th in connection with Britain’s phone hacking investigation. It also raises the question of whether Desborough used telephone hacking to obtain information for stories he wrote in the United States, The Guardian said.
The British reporter continued to win accolades for his work in the United States.
Desborough “never gets his facts wrong. He’s a rock-solid reporter,” said Hollywood author Ian Halperin.
The online site Hollyscope also praised Desborough for “seem[ing] to have information that not even close family members … know.”