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British phone-hacking trial revelation shocks actor Jude Law

LONDON Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:33am EST

Actor Jude Law attends the premiere of ''Sleuth'' in New York, October 2, 2007. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Actor Jude Law attends the premiere of ”Sleuth” in New York, October 2, 2007.

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LONDON (Reuters) – Film star Jude Law told Britain’s phone-hacking trial on Monday that reporters and photographers used to hound him and that they even appeared at events he had organized secretly for his children.

“I became aware I was turning up at places having arranged to go there secretly and the media would already be there,” said Law, who is currently appearing on stage in London’s West End in a production of Shakespeare’s “Henry V”.

The jury was told that voicemail messages from Law had been found at the home of Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator for tabloid newspaper the News of the World.

Law, 41, is the most high-profile figure to give evidence for the prosecution at the trial of two former Rupert Murdoch editors on charges of phone-hacking, which began at the end of October last year and is due to last until May.

Smartly dressed in a grey suit, Law said press attention in his private life had increased significantly after he was nominated for an Oscar for “The Talented Mr Ripley” in 2001 and split from his then wife Sadie Frost.

He told London’s Old Bailey court that packs of photographers would regularly appear when he was out with his children.

Former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are on trial accused of conspiring to illegally intercept voicemail messages on mobile phones.

They are also accused of authorizing illegal payments to public officials while Brooks faces charges of perverting the course of justice by attempting to conceal evidence from police.

Brooks, Coulson and five others deny all the charges.

(Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison)

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Influential British comedian Mel Smith dies

English comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson (L) and compatriot Mel Smith (R) pose for photographers with Sydney's famous landmark the Opera House behind after a news conference July 3.


LONDON | Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:29pm EDT

LONDON (Reuters) – British comedian Mel Smith, who became a household name in Britain for a series of television sketch shows in the 1970s and 80s which colleagues said had inspired a generation of comics, has died of a heart attack, his agent said on Saturday.


Smith, who died on Friday aged 60, found fame starring in hugely popular shows “Not The Nine O’clock News” and “Alas Smith and Jones” and went on to direct the films “Bean” and “The Tall Guy”.


“I still can’t believe this has happened,” said Griff Rhys Jones, his comedy partner in his best-known TV shows. “To everybody who ever met him, Mel was a force for life. He was a gentleman and a scholar, a gambler and a wit.”


Together, they formed Talkback, a highly successful independent TV production house that spawned many hit British comedies including the “Ali G” series, which gave Sacha Baron Cohen his first big television break.


Talkback was sold to Pearson TV in 2000 for 62 million pounds ($95 million).


“Mel Smith’s contribution to British comedy cannot be overstated,” said Tony Hall, the Director General of the BBC.


“On screen he helped to define a new style of comedy from the late 1970s that continues to influence people to this day.”


(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Mark Potter)


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