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  • 28 January 2014, 7:36

Jude Law Relative 'Sold Stories To NOTW'

Jude Law has told a court he was unaware that a close family member was being paid by a newspaper to leak information about his private life.

The actor was giving evidence at the phone hacking trial at the Old Bailey.

The 41-year-old was questioned by former News Of The World (NOTW) editor Andy Coulson's lawyer, Timothy Langdale QC, about a story in 2005 about his then-girlfriend Sienna Miller having an affair with actor Daniel Craig.

Asked if he was aware at any time that a member of his "immediate family" was talking to the NOTW, he said: "I was aware later around 2011, maybe later than that, at the time I was approached about the case that the NOTW had been in contact with people in my family, trying to find things out, asking for quotes."

The lawyer wrote down a name of a source on a piece of paper to show the witness. The name was not read in court.

Asked if he knew the family member was getting paid, he said: "I have never been aware of that, getting paid for it."

The first he knew of that was today, in the court, he said.

He told the court he first became aware of rumours of the affair around the time the couple went to Miller's sister Savanah's wedding in the West Country and Law was shown NOTW articles headlined "Sienna Cheats On Jude" and "Layer Fake".

He told the court he had telephoned Craig to confront him about the affair and suggested he should tell his own girlfriend about it.

But he could not remember whether that was before or after the paper broke the story and he had not left a voicemail about it.

Asked if he was aware that anyone around him was leaking stories, he said: "No, I did not know that anyone around me was talking to the newspapers, although I suspected it because there was such a flow of information ... I suspected many people over that period of time."

Law told the court that the media had "an unhealthy amount of information" about his life.

The actor said press attention intensified after his Oscar nomination for The Talented Mr Ripley in 2001 and photographers would follow him around, even when he made social plans in secret.

He told the court the intrusion grew throughout his divorce from Sadie Frost and then during his relationship with his Alfie co-star Miller.

Sitting in the witness box, Law said: "There seemed to be an unhealthy amount of information that people, or someone, had that meant they had access to my life and my whereabouts."

He said when police showed him notes that private investigator Glenn Mulcaire held about him, he "was shocked to see the amount of information that had been accumulated", but he added: "Sadly it didn't surprise me because it seemed apparent from what had been written (in the press)."

Law told the jury that from around 2001 photographers would gather at his home.

"Around 2001 and over the following four or five years the daily appearance of packs of photographers either on the street or in cars became a very regular occurrence."

He added: "I became aware that I was also turning up at places having arranged to go there secretly ... and the media were already there, or photographers were already there."

Also giving evidence at the trial on Monday was tabloid reporter Daniel Evans who admitted phone hacking at the Sunday Mirror and the NOTW.

He told the court he was involved in hacking at the Sunday Mirror for about a year and a half from 2003 but it had been going on long before that.

He told the court he had been approached by a journalist to join the NOTW in 2005 but initially he did not want a job there to be the journalist's "pet phone hacker" when he wanted to do more investigations work.

Evans said he had met Coulson and told him he "did stuff with phones" and that Coulson understood what the context of it was.

Coulson and Rebekah Brooks deny conspiring to hack phones and commit misconduct in a public office.

The trial continues.

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