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 Actor Jude Law. Photo: Reuters

Actor Jude Law. Photo: Reuters

Actor Jude Law. Photo: Reuters

Jude Law has told Britain's phone hacking trial that for years the media had an "unhealthy" amount of information about his private life.

But the actor said he was unaware until he heard it in court that a close family member allegedly sold stories about him to the tabloid press.

Law appeared as a witness at the trial of two former editors of Rupert Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World – Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson – and five others on charges related to illegal eavesdropping. The defendants deny all the charges.

The star was for years a favourite of Britain's tabloid press, which revelled in details of his relationships with Sadie Frost and actress Sienna Miller.

SNOOPING

Law, Frost and Miller are among scores of celebrities, politicians and others who have been paid compensation for phone hacking by Murdoch's News Corp.

Murdoch closed the News of the World in 2011 after details emerged of the scale of its snooping.

But a defence lawyer suggested yesterday that some of the information in 2005 News of the World stories alleging an affair between Law's then-girlfriend Miller and actor Daniel Craig might have had another source – Law's associates.

"I didn't know anyone around me was talking to the newspapers," the 41-year-old actor said as he gave evidence at London's Central Criminal Court yesterday.

Coulson's lawyer, Timothy Langdale, asked Law if he knew that a member of his immediate family had been giving information to the News of the World in exchange for money.

"I was not aware of that," Law said. Asked when he first heard of the allegation, Law said: "Today."

Law was shown the name of the family member on a piece of paper. It was not shown to the jury or journalists.

hnews@herald.ie


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