Saturday 21 October 2017

Model who had Calum Best's baby paid by paper for stories

Former model Lorna Hogan arriving at the Old Bailey, London, as the phone hacking trial continues.
Former model Lorna Hogan arriving at the Old Bailey, London, as the phone hacking trial continues.
Calum Best

Martin Evans

A GLAMOUR model who became pregnant with Calum Best's child, had "an arrangement" with the 'News of the World' to meet celebrities in nightclubs and pass on gossip to the paper, a court heard.

Lorna Hogan said she worked for the Supermodels Agency, which arranged for her to attend nightclubs and bars where celebrities frequented.

In 2005 she met Mr Best (32) the son of legendary footballer George, and the pair began a brief relationship, which resulted in her falling pregnant and giving birth to a daughter.

Miss Hogan said at the time she was regularly passing information about showbusiness personalities she met to a 'News of the World' journalist called Chris Tate and sometimes received as much as £10,000 for stories.

She said: "My arrangement was if I was to meet any celebrities it was to get any gossip and to sell it to the newspaper."

PASSION

She went on: "I met Calum on numerous occasions over a couple of years and me and Calum Best got together for a short time and I fell pregnant and had a daughter to him."

Miss Hogan admitted selling a story to the paper in March 2006 about how Mr Best had been late for his father's memorial service following a night of passion.

The paper subsequently ran a story with the headline: Lust Like Dad.

Miss Hogan said in 2005 after she became pregnant she was invited to London to meet with Ian Edmondson, the 'News of the World's then head of news. She told the court: "I met Ian Edmondson, we had lunch and he put a lot of pressure on me to sell my story and sell the scan picture of my daughter.

"At the time they wanted to know what the sex was and they told me not to talk to anyone else."

Miss Hogan said she did give the 'News of the World' a scan picture of the baby, but denied receiving any money for it.

The 'News of the World' later ran a story with the headline: "Best's First Grandchild."

After the baby was born she severed ties with the 'News of the World' and began dealing with the 'Mirror'.

Earlier, Calum Best admitted he had sold stories to the 'News of the World' about a nightclub liaison with Mick Jagger's daughter, Elizabeth.

The former model admitted he received £2,000 from the paper, which published a story about the romp entitled, Calum Confesses.

Mr Best described himself as a "television personality" who had appeared in programmes such as 'Celebrity Love Island'.

He admitted that stories in the press about his private life "came with the territory".

He also admitted accepting £3,000 from the paper in December 2005 for a series of interviews he provided about the death of his father.

Timothy Langdale, representing former 'News of the World' editor, Andy Coulson, suggested Mr Best benefited from his appearances in the tabloid press even if the coverage was not always flattering.

He said: "The plain fact of the matter is appearances in the papers can lead to you becoming a candidate for appearances on television shows and that can lead to you earning money."

He added: "You were someone who tended to spend what money you got, weren't you?"

To laughter in the court, Mr Best replied: "You could say that, yes."

The jury in the phone hacking trial were told that Mr Best's voicemails were intercepted by Glenn Mulcaire who worked for the 'News of the World' in 2005 and 2006.

HACK

Former 'News of the World' editor Andy Coulson (45), of Charing Kent; former News International chief executive; Rebekah Brooks (45) of Churchill, Oxon; former 'News of the World' head of news Ian Edmondson (44) from Raynes Park, south west London; and the tabloid's ex-managing editor Stuart Kuttner (73) from Woodford Green, Essex, all deny conspiring with others to hack phones between October 3 2000 and August 9 2006.

The case continues.

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