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Sienna Miller May Have Left Message at Center of Hacking Trial

Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Sienna Miller told a London court that she may have left a voice mail on James Bond actor Daniel Craig’s phone, a message that has been at the center of the News Corp. phone hacking trial for the last week.

The relationship between Miller and Craig, who together starred in the film Layer Cake in 2004, has been discussed repeatedly as prosecutors focused on a hacked phone message that a former reporter at News Corp.’s News of the World testified he played for the tabloid’s editor.

“It sounds like something I would’ve said,” Miller told the court in London via a video link from New Orleans today. Craig “was one of my best friends” at a “confusing time.”

The reporter, Dan Evans, said he played the message for Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor who is one of seven people on trial for a range of wrongdoing at News Corp.’s U.K. publications. News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch closed the tabloid in July 2011 after the discovery that the newspaper accessed the voice mails of a murdered schoolgirl years earlier.

“Hi, it’s me,” Evans said today, describing the 2005 message left by Miller for a second time during his five days of testimony. “I can’t speak, I’m at the Groucho with Jude” Law, her then boyfriend. She ended the message by saying “I love you,” Evans testified. Evans began his testimony on Jan. 27, hours after Law took the stand as a witness.

Evans had said the tape led to a story about an affair between Miller and Craig. Miller denied she had had an affair with Craig describing it as a “brief encounter.”

‘I Love You’

Miller said the message had been misconstrued. “I always ended my calls to Daniel saying ‘I love you,’” she said today, “as I did with all my close friends and family.”

Coulson, a 46-year-old former press adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, and Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corp.’s U.K. unit, are among seven on trial for phone hacking and paying bribes to public officials. All of the defendants have pleaded not guilty and are contesting the charges.

Miller said she was annoyed at the way in which details of the relationship, which happened almost 10 years ago, had been played out in court.

“I am very sorry what has gone on in this court and reported in the press has caused you distress,” Judge John Saunders said. “It was no one’s intention to do that. We have tried to limit what has been said.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeremy Hodges in London at jhodges17@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net

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