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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Member of Law's family 'sold stories to tabloid'

British actor Jude Law arrives to give evidence at the phone-hacking trial at the Old Bailey court in London, on January 27, 2014

A member of Jude Law's "immediate family" sold stories to the 'News of the World' about Sienna Miller, his former girlfriend, having an affair with Daniel Craig, a jury heard yesterday.

Law, giving evidence at the phone hacking trial, said he had never been aware that his close relation was paid for information by the tabloid.

A defence barrister handed the actor a piece of paper with the name of his relation on it, and was asked to confirm if he knew the family member had spoken to the newspaper. Law confirmed the family member had spoken to the 'NotW'. Asked when he first heard the suggestion his relation had been paid, he said: "Today."

The jury heard Law was a victim of phone hacking by Glenn Mulcaire, a private detective paid by the 'NotW'.

The actor was asked by Timothy Langdale, representing Andy Coulson, the former 'NotW' editor, about a story in the newspaper in 2005 regarding Miller's affair with Craig, whom she starred with in the film 'Layer Cake'.

Law discovered the affair when he read articles headlined "Sienna cheats on Jude" and "Layer Fake". The reports cited a call he made to Craig, and Mr Langdale asked if he phoned Craig to confront him about the affair in September 2005. Law replied: "I did, yes."

He said he could not remember whether that was before or after the paper broke the story, and that he had not left a voicemail, so he accepted the 'NotW' could not have obtained the story through phone hacking.

Mr Coulson denies charges relating to phone hacking and alleged corrupt payments. The trial continues. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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