Sienna Miller Tells

November 24, 2011 by staff 

Sienna Miller Tells, Sienna Miller, the British actress whose phone-hacking lawsuit against News Corp. helped trigger the demise of the News of the World tabloid, said she wrongfully accused friends and family of leaking information to the press.

Miller suspected someone close to her was talking to journalists because the newspaper had information that only they knew, she said at a judge-led inquiry into the British press in London today. Only later did Miller discover phone hacking was the source of the stories, she said.

“I feel terrible that I would even consider accusing people of betraying me like that,” said Miller, whose relationship with actor Jude Law drew press interest. “My paranoia and suspicion naturally spread to those around me.”

Miller, who accepted 100,000 pounds ($155,050) from News Corp. in June to end the lawsuit, says she might have also had her e-mail hacked. The Metropolitan Police, which were ordered to disclose phone-hacking evidence in Miller’s case, arrested an unnamed 52-year-old man today in Milton Keynes as part of their probe of computer hacking by the British press.

News Corp. closed the News of the World in July to help contain the five-year-old scandal after it was revealed the tabloid had hacked the phone of a murdered school girl in 2002, when she was still missing. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron called for the inquiry, led by Judge Brian Leveson, to scrutinize the relationship between the press and the public and determine if new regulations are needed.

Dark Streets

Miller also said she feared for her safety as a result of photographers pursuing cars in which she was riding or chasing her on foot down dark streets. Photographers often showed up at locations after she discussed meeting someone on the phone, causing her to suspect hacking, she said.

“I felt like I was living in some sort of video game” with “people kind of pre-empting every move I made as a result of accessing my private information,” Miller said.

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