Date: 25th January 2005

Bug Found Near Nicole Kidman's Home

An electronic bug has been found outside the home of Australian actress Nicole Kidman.

Detectives suspect it was planted deliberately to listen in on conversations between the star and her bodyguards.

The device was found near a security car that was monitoring Kidman's Sydney mansion from the street, chief bodyguard Neil McMaster told Sydney's Daily Telegraph.

Mr McMaster said surveillance footage taken from the house provided "conclusive evidence" the bug had been deliberately planted.

The paper reported that the device was found when security officers searched the grounds in preparation for Kidman's return to Sydney to film her new movie, Eucalyptus.

Police are examining the device but it is thought journalists may be behind it.

Paparazzo Eric Ford recorded a telephone conversation in 1998 between Kidman and her then husband Tom Cruise and sold it to the US newspaper The Globe.

Source: Press Release