Friday 23 February 2018

Editor called affair tape 'brilliant' and ordered original destroyed

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson

Martin Evans London

Andy Coulson, the former editor of the 'News of the World', described a hacked voicemail revealing an affair between Sienna Miller and Daniel Craig as "brilliant", a court heard.

The phone hacking trial heard how the editor became "very animated" after hearing a recording of the actress – who was in a relationship with Jude Law at the time – could be heard telling the James Bond star, "I love you".

Dan Evans, a former 'News of the World' and 'Sunday Mirror' reporter, who has admitted phone hacking, said he intercepted the message in 2005, after being told to "jump off a cliff" if he did not come up with a front-page story.

After Mr Coulson was played a recording of the message, Mr Evans said the editor ordered him to make a copy and send it to the front gate of the newspaper's headquarters in order to make it appear as if the recording had been delivered anonymously.

Mr Evans (38) explained that he had been "monstered" by a colleague and told his job was on the line if he did not come up with an exclusive.

Mr Evans said: "That weekend I did everything I could to make sure I came back with a front-page story. I hacked every phone I could possibly think of hacking, that included one of an actor called Daniel Craig."

He added: "On that voicemail, I heard a female voice saying, 'Hi, it's me. I can't speak. I am at the Groucho with Jude. I love you.'" Mr Evans said when he checked the number it matched that of the actress Ms Miller.

Mr Evans said he had gone to work after the weekend with his "tail wagging" and had played a recording of the message to Mr Coulson and other journalists at the paper.

He told jurors: "Andy became very animated, (saying) 'brilliant'." Another colleague told him: "You're a company man now, Dan". The case continues, (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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