You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Phone Hacking Prosecutor: Andy Coulson Approved Illegal Payment

Phone messages from Prince Harry hacked

LONDON — On the fourth day of the phone-hacking trial in London, the jury was told that Andy Coulson, the former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper, had authorized a payment to a police officer to steal a directory containing the phone numbers of staff working for the British royal family.

According to Andrew Edis, the prosecutor in the trial, the paper’s royal editor, Clive Goodman, sent an email to Coulson in 2003 asking for approval for a payment of £1,000 ($1,590) to the officer to steal the directory.

In an email to Coulson, Goodman complained that Stuart Kuttner, the paper’s managing editor, was reluctant to authorize the payment.

“I’m not criticizing Stuart at all, but these people will not be paid in anything other than cash because if they’re discovered selling stuff to us they end up on criminal charges, as could we,” Goodman’s email stated.

Coulson reply was, “This is fine.”

Coulson and Goodman deny the allegation.

The jury also heard that a private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, illegally listened to a voicemail from Prince Harry to his aide, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, asking for help with an essay he was writing at Sandhurst military academy. Mulcaire did so on behalf of Goodman, the court was told.

Mulcaire and Goodman already have been convicted of phone hacking.

More Biz

  • Kukai

    Tencent Unit Buys New Classics Media for $2.25 Billion

    LONDON — On the fourth day of the phone-hacking trial in London, the jury was told that Andy Coulson, the former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper, had authorized a payment to a police officer to steal a directory containing the phone numbers of staff working for the British royal family. According […]

  • The Lippin Group

    George Cabico Joins Lippin Group as Senior VP

    LONDON — On the fourth day of the phone-hacking trial in London, the jury was told that Andy Coulson, the former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper, had authorized a payment to a police officer to steal a directory containing the phone numbers of staff working for the British royal family. According […]

  • Bill Murray encounters

    Photographer Accuses Bill Murray of Harassing Him in Martha's Vineyard

    LONDON — On the fourth day of the phone-hacking trial in London, the jury was told that Andy Coulson, the former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper, had authorized a payment to a police officer to steal a directory containing the phone numbers of staff working for the British royal family. According […]

  • Elizabeth Banks

    Elizabeth Banks' Surprising New Project: Business Interviews

    LONDON — On the fourth day of the phone-hacking trial in London, the jury was told that Andy Coulson, the former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper, had authorized a payment to a police officer to steal a directory containing the phone numbers of staff working for the British royal family. According […]

  • Pandora

    Pandora Hires PR Vet Heidi Anne-Noel

    LONDON — On the fourth day of the phone-hacking trial in London, the jury was told that Andy Coulson, the former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper, had authorized a payment to a police officer to steal a directory containing the phone numbers of staff working for the British royal family. According […]

  • PVR Buys South India's SPI Multiplex

    PVR Buys South India's SPI Multiplex Chain for $127 Million

    LONDON — On the fourth day of the phone-hacking trial in London, the jury was told that Andy Coulson, the former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper, had authorized a payment to a police officer to steal a directory containing the phone numbers of staff working for the British royal family. According […]

  • Arnold Kopelson Sumner Restone

    Arnold Kopelson Denies Secretly Recording Sumner Redstone in CBS-NAI Case Filing

    LONDON — On the fourth day of the phone-hacking trial in London, the jury was told that Andy Coulson, the former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper, had authorized a payment to a police officer to steal a directory containing the phone numbers of staff working for the British royal family. According […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content