Actress Sienna Miller angry at British phone-hacking case details

Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:55pm EST
 
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By Michael Holden

LONDON (Reuters) - British actress Sienna Miller spoke on Friday of her anger that "titillating" information about her affair with James Bond actor Daniel Craig had been made public at the phone-hacking trial of a former Rupert Murdoch tabloid editor.

The trial of Andy Coulson, who edited Murdoch's now defunct-News of the World Newspaper, has heard lengthy evidence this week about a voicemail message she left for Craig in 2005 which has taken center stage in the high-profile court case.

Coulson, editor of the mass-selling tabloid until 2007 and then Prime Minister David Cameron's head of communications up to early 2011, is accused of conspiracy to illegally intercept messages on mobile phones, a charge he denies.

Giving evidence at London's Old Bailey court via videolink from the United States, Miller said she was unhappy that personal details had been disclosed in the trial.

"This is a really difficult and uncomfortable period of my life to discuss," she said, adding the evidence had meant she had been "gossiped about and analyzed and vilified".

On Monday, her former boyfriend, actor Jude Law, was quizzed about their relationship, which had fascinated Britain's tabloid press. He testified that he had telephoned Craig to confront him about his alleged affair with Miller.

Dan Evans, a former reporter on the paper who has admitted illegally tapping thousands of voicemails, has since told the court that he had hacked Craig's phone and later played a delighted Coulson a message left by Miller.

He told the jury she had said: "Hi. It's me. Can't speak. I'm at the Groucho (club) with Jude. I love you."   Continued...

 
Actress Sienna Miller arrives for the Matthew Williamson Spring/Summer 2014 collection presentation during London Fashion Week September 15, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett