Monday 18 December 2017

Hacking trial: Daniel Craig left voicemail for Kate Moss declaring 'I love you, I love you, I love you', court hears

The former News of the World reporter Dan Evans hacked into the phone of the supermodel Kate Moss and listened to an apparent declaration of love from the James Bond actor Daniel Craig, a court has heard.
The former News of the World reporter Dan Evans hacked into the phone of the supermodel Kate Moss and listened to an apparent declaration of love from the James Bond actor Daniel Craig, a court has heard.

Heather Saul

The former News of the World reporter Dan Evans hacked into the phone of the supermodel Kate Moss and listened to an apparent declaration of love from the James Bond actor Daniel Craig, a court has heard.

Evans, a former tabloid journalist, admitted intercepting a message from Mr Craig while working at The Sunday Mirror.

The message, according to Timothy Langdale QC, defending Mr Coulson, said: “I love you, I love you, I love you,” the Old Bailey heard.

Evans denied that the message could have been mixed up in his mind with the Sienna Miller affair, saying they were “two completely separate events”.

Ms Miller is due to speak via video link from the United States for up to two hours, the Old Bailey jury has been told.

Evans was questioned at the Old Bailey about his claims to have heard messages between Ms Miller, Mr Craig and the actor Jude Law.

The court also heard that Mr Law was “mistaken” in saying he had not left a “threatening” voicemail for Mr Craig when he became aware of an affair with his then girlfriend Ms Miller.

Evans insisted a line in a draft story that quoted Mr Law as saying “Worry about your own girlfriend, pal” was a paraphrase of what he said to Mr Craig during the angry phone message that Evans hacked.

On Monday, Mr Law told the Old Bailey trial he confronted his long-time friend over the phone from Baltimore, but did not leave him a voicemail.

Questioned about the discrepancy, Evans said: “I would say Mr Law is mistaken. Is it beyond the realms of possibility he left a voicemail and Daniel Craig rang him back? He did. I heard it, hence why you have got that quote in the story.”

He said the “threatening message” on the voicemail saying, “Hey mate, hope Saskie (Craig's then girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell) does not find out” had “inspired” the quote he later wrote for the newspaper.

He added: “Hey, this is tabloid news. What can I say?”

Evans, who admits hacking at the News of the World, claims his then editor Andy Coulson knew about his hacking activities and part of the Miller story was produced from the hacked message.

The court heard that Evans has already admitted conspiracy to hack phones at the Sunday Mirror between February 2003 and January 2005, and the same offence at the News of the World between April 2004 and June 2010

He also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office between January 2008 and June 2010, and perverting the course of justice by giving a false statement in High Court proceedings.

The trial continues.

(Independent.co.uk/Press Association)

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