LONDON — Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper paid a private eye to hack the phone of Angelina Jolie’s stunt double, who also was a close friend of the actress, a London court was told Tuesday.
It is alleged that the paper employed Glenn Mulcaire to hack the cell phone of Eunice Huthart in 2005 and 2006 in order to dig up gossip about Jolie’s relationship with Brad Pitt.
The claim was made by the prosecutor in the trial of two former editors of the paper, Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson. They are accused of conspiracy to hack phones and other related charges. They deny all charges.
The court heard that in July 2005 Mulcaire made an entry in his notebook listing Huthart’s cell-phone number and her voicemail password number. Huthart was working with Jolie and Pitt on “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” and shared a house with the actress in Los Angeles.
“I was working with her while living in L.A. We shared a house and it is well reported in the media that we are good friends,” Huthart said in a statement read to the court.
The prosecutor said Mulcaire hacked Huthart’s phone four times in early 2006, when several stories about Jolie appeared in the paper. The prosecution alleges that Coulson, who was the editor at the time, would have known about Mulcaire’s activities. Coulson denies this.
Kate Middleton, who later married Prince William, was on Mulcaire’s list of targets, the court was told.
Mulcaire, who was paid £100,000 ($159,000) a year by the News of the World, has twice pleaded guilty to charges relating to phone hacking.