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Thursday 17 April 2014

Jude Law to give phone-hacking evidence

JUDE Law stepped out of the Hollywood limelight today to go into the witness box at the phone-hacking trial.

The actor was greeted at the Old Bailey by a crowd of television cameras and photographers.

After arriving in a silver Mercedes, Law, wearing a grey suit with a white shirt and dark tie, walked quickly into the court building.

He has been called to give evidence for the prosecution in the trial of former News of the World and Sun editor Rebekah Brooks.

Brooks, 45, of Churchill Oxfordshire, is accused of conspiring with others to hack phones, misconduct in a public office and pervert the course of justice.

She denies all the charges against her along with six other defendants in the case.

Brooks is accused of conspiring to hack phones between October 3 2000 and August 9 2006, along with David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and NotW managing editor Stuart Kuttner, 73, from Woodford Green, Essex.

Brooks also faces two counts of conspiring with others to commit misconduct in public office - one between January 1 2004 and January 31 2012, and the other between February 9 2006 and October 16 2008 - linked to alleged inappropriate payments to public officials.

She also faces two allegations of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice - one with her former personal assistant Cheryl Carter, 49, of Chelmsford, Essex, between July 6 and 9 2011, and a second with her husband, Charles Brooks, 50, from Oxfordshire, and former News International head of security Mark Hanna, 50, from Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, and others between July 15 and July 19 2011.

Coulson, 46, of Charing, Kent, is also facing two allegations that he conspired with former NotW royal editor Clive Goodman, 56, from Addlestone in Surrey, and other unknown people to commit misconduct in public office between August 31 2002 and January 31 2003, and between January 31 and June 3 2005.

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