April 7, 2012 in Nation/World

Celebrity tipoff report has airline scrambling

Associated Press
 

LONDON – A Virgin Atlantic employee has resigned following allegations she routinely fed information about the airline’s celebrity clientele – from Madonna to Sienna Miller – to a paparazzi agency.

The employee was a junior member of the team that looks after high-profile clients, Virgin said Friday. She quit Thursday before reports published in the Guardian and the Press Gazette alleged that she had passed the booking information of more than 60 celebrities on to the Big Pictures photo agency.

Among those allegedly targeted: Britain’s Princess Beatrice; singers Madonna and Rihanna; actors Charlize Theron, Kate Winslet, Daniel Radcliffe and Miller; comedians Sacha Baron Cohen and Russell Brand; and a slew of U.K. celebrities.

In a statement, Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. called the allegations “extremely serious” and said it had launched an investigation. The airline, which is majority-owned by billionaire adventurer Richard Branson, confirmed that high-profile clients were involved but declined to comment on the British newspapers’ figures.

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