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My romp with Calum Best made him late for his father's memorial, model claims

By Alex Diaz

Calum Best was late for his father George's memorial service because he had been having sex the night before, a glamour model has told a court.

The Old Bailey heard that Best had also been paid around £2,000 for a story about an incident between him and Mick Jagger's daughter Elizabeth in a Soho nightclub.

And Calum was paid thousands of pounds by the News of the World for articles about his ex-Manchester United star father's death, the court heard.

Lorna Hogan told the phone hacking trial that she became pregnant after she and Calum had sex the night before George Best's memorial service in March 2006, leading Calum to turn up late the next day. Best denies the child is his.

The two met in early 2006 in a nightclub and they saw each other for two months.

At the time, Ms Hogan was working for an agency and had an agreement that she would be paid to pass on to the News of the World "any bits of gossip or information" she might pick up about celebrities at parties.

She would receive "£3,000, £4,000, £5,000, up to £10,000" for stories, the Old Bailey heard.

"I met Calum on numerous occasions over a couple of years and we got together for a short period of time. I got pregnant and had a daughter by him," Ms Hogan told the court.

After Calum's late appearance at his father's memorial in March 2006, Ms Hogan handed a scan of her unborn daughter to the NotW for an exclusive after meeting head of news Ian Edmondson for lunch, although she claimed to have received no money for the image.

Best claims to have heard about this before the story went out on May 21, 2006 through contacts at the NotW and sent her a text saying: "How could you be so low to sell a picture of an unborn child?"

The Old Bailey was told that the 32-year-old celebrity received around £3,000 for two stories after his father died in November 2005.

The American-born former model, who was allegedly hacked on the orders of Coulson and Edmondson, admitted he had "actively encouraged" some media intrusion into his personal life.

Answering questions from Tim Langdale QC, representing Coulson, Best also acknowledged he had free-spending habits.

Mr Langdale asked Best: "You were someone who tended to spend what money you got rather than investing it?

"You could say that," Best said.

Asked whether he had got used to reading articles about his personal life, he told the jury: "Correct, but I will say that you never really get used to it."

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