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Piers Morgan, Rebekah Brooks Joked About Phone Hacking, Witness At Trial Says

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LONDON (AP) — A witness has told Britain's phone hacking trial that she overheard tabloid editor Rebekah Brooks and her rival, Piers Morgan, joking at a party about illegal eavesdropping.

Media lawyer Ambi Sitham said Wednesday that the pair exchanged pointed remarks at a birthday party. She said Morgan told Brooks, "'I already know what your splash is, or your cover is, because I've been listening to messages.'"

Sitham said Morgan also joked with her about Brooks, "'Careful — she'll tap your phone.'"

Brooks was then editor of Rupert Murdoch's Sun newspaper and Morgan edited the Daily Mirror.

Brooks, former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and six others are on trial on hacking-related charges, which they deny.

Morgan, who faces no charges, has denied knowledge of phone hacking at his newspaper.

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