Belfast Telegraph

Law 'mistaken about phone threat'

Jude Law was "mistaken" in saying he never left a "threatening" voicemail for Daniel Craig when he learned of an affair with his then-girlfriend Sienna Miller, the hacking trial has heard.

Former News of the World reporter Dan Evans insisted a line in a draft story quoting Law as saying "Worry about your own girlfriend, pal" was a paraphrasing of what he told the Bond star in the angry phone message that he hacked.

On January 27, Law told the Old Bailey trial he confronted his long-time friend over the phone from Baltimore, but not in a message.

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 previous editor Andy Coulson knew about his hacking activities and part of the Miller story was produced from the hacked message.

On his fifth day in the witness box at the Old Bailey, Evans was being cross-examined by Coulson's lawyer Timothy Langdale QC.

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.

Former News of the World (NotW) editor Andy Coulson 46, a PR consultant of Charing, Kent, denies conspiring to hack phones and conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.

All seven defendants, including former Sun and NotW editor Rebekah Brooks, deny all the charges against them.

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