Heather Mills: Mirror Hacked My Phone

Piers Morgan implicated in phone-hacking scandal

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 4, 2011 12:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Heather Mills and Piers Morgan are at the center of the latest twist in the British phone-hacking scandal. Mills claims that a senior journalist at the Daily Mirror admitted hacking into her voicemail while she was dating Paul McCartney in 2001, and called her up to quote from a message McCartney had left her, reports the BBC. Morgan has written about hearing a recorded message the former Beatle had left for Mills.

Morgan, who was editor of the Mirror at the time, has denied sanctioning phone hacking and calls Mills' accusation "unsubstantiated," the Los Angeles Times reports. He noted that McCartney himself has accused Mills of hacking into his voicemail and leaking the contents to reporters. The CNN presenter took credit for playing matchmaker for McCartney and Mills, but he later turned on her, calling her a "vengeful, shameless, ghastly woman."

I have never hacked a phone, told anyone to hack a phone, nor to my knowledge published any story obtained from the hacking of a phone, Morgan said.
"I have never hacked a phone, told anyone to hack a phone, nor to my knowledge published any story obtained from the hacking of a phone," Morgan said.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)
Heather Mills attends the Achilles Hope and Possibility Race earlier this summer in New York's Central Park.
Heather Mills attends the Achilles Hope and Possibility Race earlier this summer in New York's Central Park.   (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
Former Beatle Paul McCartney and then-girlfriend Heather Mills speak to reporters in 2001.
Former Beatle Paul McCartney and then-girlfriend Heather Mills speak to reporters in 2001.   (Getty Images)
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