Glamour model who had Calum Best's child had 'arrangement' with News of the World
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.
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.”
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 said in 2005 after she became pregnant she was invited to London to meet with Ian Edmondson, the News of the World’s 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 he 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 said she never received 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 told the court he sold stories to the News of the World about a nightclub liaison with Elizabeth Jagger.
The former model admitted he received £2,000 from the former Sunday tabloid, which published a story about the romp entitled, Calum Confesses.
Mr Best, 32, 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.
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.
Mr Best admitted he and his agents sometimes provided information to journalists on the paper in return for money.
But he denied he had received cash for a story headlined: "Calum: How Dad Drove Me To Drugs."
He said: "That came from a friend of Alex Best, who was my dad's wife."
He added: "It was me saying it to someone who then went on to give it to the newspaper without my approval."