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Saturday 19 April 2014

Miller claims affair with Craig wasn't 'relationship'

Jurors at the phone hacking trial have heard about the private lives of actors Jude Law and Sienna Miller — pictured together here in New York in May 2010

The actress Sienna Miller has denied her affair with the James Bond actor, Daniel Craig, was a "relationship" describing it instead as a "very brief encounter".

Giving evidence in the phone hacking trial via videolink from New Orleans, where she is filming a new movie, Ms Miller described Mr Craig as "her very best friend" but said reports of a message in which she said she loved him had been "misconstrued".

Jurors were told that the 'News of the World' exposed her affair with Mr Craig after reporter Dan Evans hacked into his voicemail in 2005 and overheard a message from the 32-year-old actress. In the message it was claimed she said: "Hi, it's me. I can't talk I'm at the Groucho with Jude. I love you."

Jurors were also told Mr Evans hacked into supermodel Kate Moss's phone and listened to an apparent profession of love from Mr Craig. He admitted intercepting a message from Craig while working at the 'Sunday Mirror' telling Moss : "I love you, I love you, I love you."

Ms Miller was asked whether it was likely she had left a message for Mr Craig and replied that while she could not be certain of the date, it was certainly feasible. But she said that was the way she signed off all her phone calls to her friends. She told the court: "I think the thing that is being slightly misconstrued about this voicemail message was that I said 'I love you', and that this was some incredibly important declaration of love.

"Since we became friends in 2003 I always ended my phone calls with 'I love you', as I did with all my friends and family."

Under cross-examination from Timothy Langdale, who is representing former 'News of the World' editor Andy Coulson, Miss Miller insisted she and Mr Craig had been friends rather than lovers. But she admitted they had been in a relationship while was seeing Mr Law.

She explained: "I think this is a really difficult and uncomfortable part of my life to discuss seeing as it's been allowed out of the courtroom and into the hands of the world's media to be gossiped about and analysed and me vilified about.

"It was not a relationship, it was a very brief encounter. He was my best friend and so me saying 'I love you', whether anything romantic had happened or not, that was the way I communicated with him, whether Jude was present or not."

She added: "It's been made into this titillating piece of information. I really regret it's been allowed to be analysed in the way it has." Ms Miller said the period when the message related to, was a time when she and Mr Law had been having relationship problems after it was revealed he had been cheating on her with his children's nanny.

She told the court Mr Craig, who was dating American film producer Satsuki Mitchell, was someone she had "leaned on for support". Ms Miller was also asked about suggestions Mr Evans had intercepted a voicemail she had left for her ex-step-mother, the interior designer Kelly Hoppen, in which she had been crying.

The actress said: "It's difficult to remember. It was very emotionally raw. It's not possible for me to say whether or not with any certainty. I think I was crying a lot at the time."

Earlier the court heard how Ms Miller's driver had discovered she was having a relationship with Mr Craig and had told Mr Law before selling the story to the 'News of the World'. Internal emails from the paper revealed how the unnamed driver told how he dropped Miss Miller at a flat she had claimed she wanted to buy but the door was answered by a "sheepish looking" Mr Craig.The 'News of the World' paid Ms Miller's driver £6,000 and a journalist then met Law's publicist to discuss the affair. The publicist asked the journalist to 'backdate' the affair so it would appear Ms Miller cheated on Law before he was caught out in a fling with his children's nanny, and said the request came from Law.

Mr Coulson (46), and six other defendants, deny a range of charges. The trial continues. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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