June 6, 2012 22:50

U2 bassist Adam Clayton's former personal assistant goes on trial

Carol Hawkins is accused of stealing almost £2.4 million from the star

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U2 bassist Adam Clayton's former personal assistant has gone on trial, accused of stealing almost £2.4 million from the star.

Carol Hawkins pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 181 counts of theft on June 6, reports BBC News.

She is accused of stealing money from two of the bassist's bank accounts over a four-year period from 2004 to 2008.

Clayton also attended court, and was joined by U2 manager Paul McGuinness in the public gallery. He is due to give evidence in the trial when it opens today (June 7).

The court heard that on one occasion in 2007, Hawkins made a single withdrawal of 310,000 euros (£250,000). The remainder of the alleged transactions ranged from 1,000 euros (£811) to 36,000 euros (£29,196) over a four-year period.

Judge Patrick McCartan swore in a jury of seven men and five women for the trial, which is expected to last six weeks.

Meanwhile, U2 singer Bono recently said that the band's recent recording sessions have been their best "since 1979".

He also recently rubbished reports which stated he was to become the richest musician in the world, overtaking Paul McCartney.

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