Jude Law shocked to learn relative sold info to tabloid

Jude Law, testifying in the News of the World phone-hacking trial Monday in London, was surprised to learn that a close relative had gotten cash to pass along information about him to the tabloid.

"I didn't know anyone around me was talking to the newspapers," said the 41-year-old actor, according to the Associated Press. At the time, in 2005, the tabloid was printing stories about Law's then-girlfriend, Sienna Miller, having a romantic relationship with actor Daniel Craig.

Law was handed a note with the relative's name written on it, Reuters reported, and was asked when he'd first heard about such a sale of information.

"Today," the 41-year-old actor said. "I wasn't aware of that."

Law said he was "tracked" via cellphone in Britain and also the United States, while working on the films "Cold Mountain" and "Alfie," the Daily Beast reported.

The actor said that he became more of a media figure after he was nominated for an Oscar in 2001 for "The Talented Mr. Ripley," and that after that time "there seemed to be an unhealthy amount of information" about him floating about, the Associated Press said. He'd go to do things with his children that he'd secretly planned, only to find members of the media there already.

Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, former editors of the now defunct tabloid, are among those on trial in the hacking of phones of celebrities and other high-profile people. They and five other defendants have denied charges of illegal eavesdropping.


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