Thursday 23 November 2017

I felt like I was in some kind of video game, 'paranoid' Miller tells inquiry

Gordon Rayner and Martin Evans in London

Sienna Miller felt as though she was "living in some kind of video game" as she was relentlessly pursued and snooped on by the tabloid press.

The actress told the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics that she became so "paranoid" because of articles about her that appeared in the 'News of the World' that she accused her own family of leaking stories.

In fact, the articles had originated from voicemails left on her phone and her friends' phones that had been hacked by Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator jailed in 2007.

Ms Miller (29), whose on-off relationship with the actor Jude Law made her the subject of constant tabloid attention, told the inquiry that she had felt "very scared" when she found that photographers would often turn up at privately arranged meetings before she did.

"I felt like I was living in some kind of video game," she said. "People were pre-empting every move as a result of accessing private information.

"It was baffling. I accused my friends and family of selling stories and they accused each other."

She later discovered that Mulcaire had her phone numbers and voicemail pin codes, her friends' numbers and her password for her email account.

In May this year she accepted £100,000 (€116,000) damages after the 'News of the World' admitted hacking her phones.

"I feel terrible that I would consider accusing people who would rather die than betray me," she said. "But it seems paranoid to assume you're being listened to."

The hearing continues. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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