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Tara Palmer-Tomkinson 'Was Tabloid Source'
Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson was the source of a News Of The World front page story about a man dressed up as Osama bin Laden gate-crashing a royal party, a court has heard.
The claim was made by the paper's ex-royal editor Clive Goodman as he was cross-examined during the hacking trial at the Old Bailey.
Goodman said Ms Palmer-Tomkinson, who had been at the party, was a contact of former NOTW editor Andy Coulson and had tipped him off.
Speaking from the witness box, Goodman said: "She phoned Mr Coulson, he phoned me, passed on the information.
"I then phoned Tara, got the information myself and put a story together with the help of members of the Royal household."
During his cross-examination, Goodman denied taking money that was meant to pay sources for stories.
He has claimed Coulson knew about a £500-a-week deal he made with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire to hack phones of the Royal household between 2005 and 2006.
Coulson's lawyer, Timothy Langdale QC, asked: "Is it the case we just have to take your word for it that all the cash you received as a result of cash contribution requests actually went to that person concerned?
"Have you got any other evidence to show the money actually went to the person in respect of the request?"
Responding, Goodman said: "It did."
Mr Langdale said: "Did you keep for yourself any of the money you got in cash from the NOTW?"
Goodman replied: "No, I did not."
Mr Langdale said financial figures showed that, between February 2004 and June 2006, Goodman made no withdrawals of money from cash machines.
And in the two months before his arrest in August 2006, he took out £600 in cash.
Goodman said it did not take account of a £140,000 inheritance left to him by his mother, who died in 2004.
He also claimed the birth of his child meant he was more used to getting cashback from visits to the supermarket.
Goodman said he personally handed over £500 in cash each week to Mulcaire - also referred to as Project Alexander - who waited outside the Wapping offices in his car.
Goodman and Mulcaire pleaded guilty to phone hacking in 2006.
But Goodman, 56, of Addlestone, Surrey, denies conspiracy to conduct misconduct in public office.
Coulson, 46, of Charing, Kent, denies conspiracy to hack phones and conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
The trial continues.