Counsel for the Leveson Inquiry Robert Jay QC has disputed that he said the News of the World was "nothing but smut" during a conversation with former chief reporter for the paper Neville Thurlbeck.
The conversation was reported on Thurlbeck's blog last week and led to further reports on www.pressgazette.co.uk  and later in The Times.
Jay said: "Mr Thurlbeck's recollection is incorrect. The belief attributed to me is not one that I hold."
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