Editor Coulson was pleased to get hacked voice mail, jurors told

Jan. 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM
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LONDON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Former newspaper editor Andy Coulson was pleased to hear an intimate voice mail message, jurors in the London phone hacking trial were told Tuesday.

Former News of the World and Sunday Mirror reporter Dan Evans, who pleaded guilty Monday to intercepting phone messages, told the court Tuesday Coulson became "very animated" and said, "Brilliant," after listening to a message left on actor Daniel Craig's answering machine by actress Sienna Miller, the British newspaper the Guardian reported Tuesday.

Evans said the message from Miller appeared to show Craig and Miller were involved in an affair at a time in 2005 when Miller was dating actor Jude Law.

"Hi, it's me [Miller]. I can't speak. I'm at the Groucho [night club] with Jude. I love you," the message says.

Evans added Coulson ordered him to make a copy of the message and have a colleague deliver it to the News of the World offices, where security guards would "say this has been sent in anonymously."

In testimony Evans named 10 people at the newspaper who were aware of incidents of phone hacking, the Guardian said, including Coulson and former editor James Weatherup, who has pleaded guilty to the phone hacking conspiracy.

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