U2 bassist Adam Claytonappeared in court on Wednesday (June 6th) at the trial of his former housekeeper, who's accused of stealing the U.K. equivalent of nearly $3.9 million from him between 2004 and 2008. Carol Hawkins allegedly spent money she took from her former employer on property -- including a New York apartment -- cars, horses, vacations and jewelry, reportedly withdrawing amounts ranging from $1,200 to $45,000 from his bank accounts over the course of 13 months.
- According to BBC News, Hawkins pleaded not guilty to the charges.
- Hawkins was charged with 184 theft and fraud charges in January 2011. Her trial is expected to last about six weeks.
- Clayton fired Hawkins in late 2009 after she confessed to "misappropriating" the money and using the musician's credit cards for her own purchases.
- The bass player also sued the Bank of Ireland Private Banking and the Dublin-based accounting firm Gaby Smith and Co. over the missing money.
- U2 is said to be working on new music at the moment, although the group has reportedly recorded at least one album's worth of material in the past year. The quartet last studio set was 2009's No Line On The Horizon.