Two former editors of News of the World, Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, had a six-year affair during their time at Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct tabloid.
A court heard on Thursday that the two were involved in a relationship between 1998 and 2004, the same period that their reporters are accused of hacking into phones.
According to Reuters, prosecutor Andrew Edis argued that the closeness of their relationship shows that both knew as much as the other regarding the way their staff in the tabloid operated.
“What Mr Coulson knew, Mrs Brooks knew too. What Mrs Brooks knew, Mr Coulson knew too,” Edis told the court.
Brooks and Coulson have denied conspiring to hack into phones or making illegal payments to public officials.
After the closure of News of the World, Andy Coulson became the chief media spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron.