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Piers Morgan 'bantered about phone hacking' with Brooks, court told


Published by Max Salsbury for in Communities and also in Legal

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Piers Morgan "bantered about phone hacking" with Rebekah Brooks at a party in January 2003, a court has heard.

Giving evidence at the trial of Brooks and Andy Coulson via video link from California, witness Ambi Sitham said that she heard the pair indulge in "banter" about phone hacking over dinner.

According to Sitham, Morgan, who was then editor of the Daily Mirror, told Brooks that he knew what the Sun's headline would be the next day because he had listened to her messages.

Brooks, who was editor of the Sun at the time of the alleged exchange, replied "Been into my phone again, have you, Piers?"

Sitham told the Old Bailey that Morgan replied "'Well you’ve been looking at my emails’ or something".

The witness added that it was "quite a quick back and forth of bantering" but added "I just know what I heard".

Coulson and Brooks are being tried for conspiracy to intercept voicemails, a charge both deny.

Miss Sitham, a former media lawyer, told the court that at the end of the evening she passed Brooks her phone number on a piece of paper to which Morgan quipped, "Careful, she'll tap your phone". The witness said she then took the paper back and asked for Brooks' number instead.

Since being fired from the Mirror in 2004, Morgan has carved out a television career.

The trial continues.


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