Former News of the World reporter Dan Evans was a "rather risky hacker" who "wanted to get caught out" when he was writing stories about the break-up of Hollywood actors Sienna Miller and Jude Law, a jury heard.
Timothy Langdale QC, the defence lawyer for the former editor of the tabloid Andy Coulson, was cross-examining Evans at the Old Bailey and said: "You seem to be a rather risky hacker at this time."
Evans replied: "You might even say in a weird way that I wanted to get caught."
The former tabloid reporter also said he doubted a hacked call on designer Kelly Hoppen's voicemail was a "tearful" message from step-daughter Miller, saying it may have been from her sister.
He told the hacking trial: "I have a nagging doubt that it was not Sienna. I don't actually remember the voicemail. I remember what I took from it and what I drafted from it."
He noted there had been "Sienna Miller-based" information from it, felt she was upset and getting support from her family.