The Old Bailey phone hacking trial saw actor Jude Law provide an emotional account of betrayal by a close relative who revealed intimate details about an affair between James Bond actor Daniel Craig and Law’s girlfriend Sienna Miller.
The 41-year-old actor was asked in Court about a story in the News of the World that reported on the affair in 2005 and carried detail passed on by a loved one of Law’s.
Law told the phone-hacking trial on Monday that the first time he knew someone was paid for information about his relationship with Sienna Miller was “today”.
The actor was called to be questioned about his knowledge of the News of the World’s revelations in 2005 that his then girlfriend Miller was having an affair with the James Bond star Daniel Craig.
He said he had discovered later, when approached by the police in relation to phone hacking by Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator who worked for the News of the World, that a named family member had been speaking to the paper.
The News of the World revealed that Miller was having an affair with Craig on 9 October 2005 in a story headlined: “Sienna cheats on Jude”. It included a line telling readers that the paper’s “source” had told it that “Jude called Daniel Craig demanding to know how he could do this to a friend.”
Coulson has pleaded not guilty to the hacking-related charge.
Asked if he knew “about an immediate member of your family providing information to the News of the World and getting paid for that”, Law said: “I’ve never been aware of that; of anyone getting paid for that.”
He was being questioned by Timothy Langdale QC, acting for the former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, who has been charged in relation to a conspiracy to intercept voicemail messages at the paper.
Langdale told then court he did not intend to publicly identify the family member and wrote the name of the person on a piece of paper which was handed to Law in the witness box.
Law did not flinch when he unfolded the piece of paper. He was then asked again if he was aware this specific person was selling stories to the now-defunct tabloid.
He answered: “I was made aware very recently there had been some kind of communication with this person and several others in and around the time, this period. I was never aware any money changed hands.”
Later he was asked by prosecutor Andrew Edis QC when did he first find out money had allegedly changed hands, he replied: “Today.”
Law confirmed that he had phoned Craig at the time to remonstrate with him about the affair and suggested that the Bond star should tell his own girlfriend, an American film producer, that he was cheating.
See: The Guardian.
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