Phone-hacking trial told of Brooks and Coulson’s ‘six-year affair’

The Guardian:

The prosecution in the phone-hacking trial lobbed an emotional bombshell into the case by stating that Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson had a secret extra-marital affair between 1998 and 2004, whose existence had been revealed in a highly charged note that the crown argued implied an intense bond between the two.

Andrew Edis QC said that the jury needed to know about the clandestine relationship because the two former editors face charges of conspiracy to hack phones. “The first question, therefore, is how well did they know each other? How much did they trust each other? The fact that they were in this relationship, which was a secret, means that they trusted each other quite a lot with at least that secret. That’s why we are telling you about it,” the prosecuting QC said.

At that time, Coulson had been married to his wife Eloise Patrick since 2000, and Brooks had been married to the TV actor Ross Kemp since 2002. Brooks was editor of the Sun, and Coulson was editor of the News of the World; previously Coulson had been her deputy at the News of the World, when she edited the Sunday tabloid between 2000 and 2003.

Coulson’s vetting when he worked for Cameron would have uncovered this, so we can assume Cameron knew.