Sienna Miller's affair in phone hacking trial
A jury heard former News of the World editor Andy Coulson helped conceal that phones were hacked to get information about Sienna Miller's affair with Daniel Craig.PT1M13S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-31lrb 620 349 January 29, 2014
Actress Sienna Miller has launched an emotional attack on "titillating" press reports of her relationship with Bond actor Daniel Craig, as she revealed to the hacking trial that it was "a very brief encounter".
The judge Justice Saunders apologised to the Layer Cake star for any distress caused by the renewed media interest thrown up during the trial of seven defendants including former News of the World editor Andy Coulson.
Miller, giving evidence via video link from the US, was asked about a message she left for Craig which was allegedly intercepted by the NotW saying: "Hi. It's me. Can't speak. I'm at the Groucho with Jude (Law). I love you."
Daniel Craig and Sienna Miller starred together in the 2004 movie Layer Cake.
Sitting in a book-lined room next to an FBI agent, she told the Old Bailey: "Yes, I had always ended my phone calls to Daniel 'I love you', it was a declaration of friendship."
She went on: "This is a very difficult and uncomfortable period of my life to discuss. To be gossiped about and analysed and vilified.
"Whether or not I was in a relationship with Daniel Craig at the time, it was a very brief encounter. He was my best friend. My saying I love you was nothing new.
"It has been turned into a titillating piece of information, I really regret it was turned into something to be analysed. It was at a time when we had been briefly involved."
The NotW ran a story about her alleged affair with Bond star Craig in 2005 while she was in a relationship with his friend, fellow actor Jude Law, the court has heard.
One of the newspaper's reporters Daniel Evans claims part of the story was sourced from hacking Craig's phone.
Speaking in a clear, confident voice, Miller, wearing black and with her blonde hair dyed brown, confirmed she would have left the message but that it was not an "important declaration of love".
There was laughter in the court when Miller was questioned by defence lawyer Timothy Langdale QC about her message to Craig which ended "I love you".
She joked: "You just told me you love me and I interrupted you."
Miller said she was not aware that anyone associated with her or her then boyfriend Law was communicating with the NotW in 2005.
Coulson, 46, denies conspiring to hack phones and conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.
All seven defendants, including former Sun and NotW editor Rebekah Brooks, deny all the charges against them.