Sienna Miller says paper hacked her emails

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Actress Sienna Miller said Thursay her emails were hacked by a private detective for the News of the World, a dramatic new twist at an inquiry into Britain's phone-hacking scandal on Thursday.

It is the first time the inquiry has heard evidence that emails were hacked as well as voicemails, and came shortly after Scotland Yard said they had made their first arrest in a computer hacking probe linked to the paper.

Miller, the ex-girlfriend of Hollywood star Jude Law, said when the Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World paid her damages earlier this year she finally saw the notes of its private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.

"All my telephone numbers, the three that I changed in three months, my access numbers, PIN mumbers, my password for my email that was actually used to later hack my email in 2008 was on these notes," Miller told the judge-led inquiry at London's Royal Courts of Justice.

"A number of my friends, I think about 10 numbers in total, so there was just this web of surveillance which obviously makes it very easy to understand how they were getting all of this information."

"Everyone close to me was being monitored and electronically listened to."

Mulcaire was jailed for phone-hacking in 2007.

Miller, who starred with Law in "Alfie", was one of the first British celebrities to take action against the News of the World for phone-hacking.

She said she became "intensely paranoid" and mistakenly accused family and friends of betraying her when information about her appeared in the press that had actually been hacked.

"I felt I was living in some sort of video game," Miller, her long blonde hair hanging loose over a blue dress.

"I accused my family and people who would never dream of selling stories... I feel terrible that I would even consider accusing people of betraying me like that, especially people who would rather die than betray me.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and former world motorsport chief Max Mosley were also due to give evidence on Thursday.

Rowling, whose books about the boy wizard have sold more than 400 million copies and spawned a lucrative series of films, has previously complained of paparazzi photographs being taken of her children.

Mosley won damages in privacy cases in Britain and France from the News of the World tabloid after it published photographs of him in a sadomasochistic orgy.

Prime Minister David Cameron set up the inquiry in July after it emerged the paper had also targeted murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, a revelation that forced Murdoch to shut the tabloid down.

Dowler's parents and the mother and father of missing British girl Madeleine McCann have given emotional testimony to the inquiry this week about the effects of media intrusion.

"Notting Hill" actor Hugh Grant and British comedian Steve Coogan, best known for his portrayal of spoof chat-show host Alan Partridge, have also given evidence.

© 2011 AFP

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