Actress Sienna Miller is before the phone hacking trial in the Old Bailey, London, explaining that she was unhappy about the “titillating” details disclosed in the case regarding her alleged relationship with James Bond star Daniel Craig.
Miller appeared via webcam from the US and became the focus of questioning regarding evidence provided by former News of the World (NOTW) journalist Dan Evans, who told the court he played the message left by Miller for Craig to former editor of the NOTW, Andy Coulson.
Coulson subsequently became head of communications for prime minister David Cameron and has been the centre of questions regarding the widespread phone hacking culture that appeared to have been endemnic among not only the NOTW but other newspapers too.
Miller said it was entirely feasible that she left the message but, even though she had what she called a brief encounter with Craig, the message was a declaration of their friendship.
Miller said she regretted how the message had been misconstrued and analysed during the trial, explaining:
“This is a really difficult and uncomfortable period of my life to discuss,” she said, adding the evidence had meant she had been “gossiped about and analysed and vilified”.
On Monday, her former boyfriend, actor Jude Law, was questioned by lawyers about their relationship.
Reuters reported that Miller, 32, who appeared in the “Layer Cake” and “Alfie” films, described Craig as her best friend but later said: “Whether or not I was in a relationship with Daniel Craig at the time, it was a very brief encounter.”
Coulson’s lawyer Timothy Langdale, who has accused Evans of lying about the former editor’s knowledge of the hacked voicemail, suggested to her that, given what she had said, it could not have formed the basis for a subsequent News of the World exclusive story about the affair.
“People who heard who didn’t understand the relationship would have thought it was a pretty exciting message to hear,” said Miller, who has been filming in New Orleans.
“If a journalist got their hands on that piece of information they would have found it titillating and it might have been the basis of a story.”
The London courtroom was packed for Miller’s appearance and there were roars of laughter when a time delay on the videolink left Miller baffled by one of Langdale’s questions.
“You just told me you loved me and I interrupted,” Miller told the bespectacled lawyer wearing a traditional grey wig.