Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson 'had six-year affair'
'I confide in you, I love you. We laugh and cry together,' Brooks allegedly wrote to Coulson
REBEKAH BROOKS and Andy Coulson, the two former News of the World editors on trial for conspiracy to hack phones, had a six-year affair, the Old Bailey has heard.
Prosecutor Andrew Edis announced the alleged relationship in court today in a bid to show the jury that the pair "trusted each other completely", reports BBC home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani.
The relationship was apparently discovered by police through a letter saved on a computer belonging to Brooks. The prosecution claims Coulson had sought to break off the affair in February 2004 and the letter was Brooks's response. She allegedly wrote: "You are my best friend. I confide in you, I love you. We laugh and cry together. I'm frightened to be without you."
The affair began in 1998 and was going on while murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler's phone was being hacked, the court was told.
Fiona Hamilton, crime correspondent for The Times, says Brooks and Coulson have been sitting side-by-side in the dock but did not look at each other during this part of the evidence. Brooks's current husband, Charlie, who is also on trial, was sitting three seats away.
The prosecution also claims Brooks told the wife of golfer Colin Montgomerie over lunch that all you needed to hack phones was the number and pin. She allegedly gave the golfer's wife an example where phone hacking was used in a story about Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills.
She allegedly told people that phone hacking was widespread in the industry in the late 1990s and was "easy".
The prosecution yesterday began opening its case against Brooks, who became chief executive of News International, and Coulson, who was later appointed David Cameron's communications chief, and six others. ·