Journalist hacked Paul McCartney voice mail,ex testifies

Piers Morgan told he had heard voicemail on a tape last year,but would not say how or where.

Written by Agencies | London | Published:February 10, 2012 4:40 pm

Paul McCartney’s ex-wife Heather Mills has testified to British inquiry that messages left by former Beatle asking for forgiveness over their argument on her India trip in 2001,were hacked by a journalist.

Rubbishing suggestions that she leaked the information to the journalists herself,Mills said that her then boyfriend McCartney left about 25 voice messages,all asking for forgiveness. They had a fight over her planned trip for India.

Mills said the voicemails did not show up as new,but rather saved,when she checked them. She later received a phone call from a journalist of Trinity Mirror,the parent company of Daily Mirror. The journalist had heard the messages,CNN reported.

The name of the journalist was redacted from Mills’s witness statement and testimony.

Piers Morgan,who was the editor of the Daily Mirror and News of the World at the time,told the inquiry last year that he had heard the voicemail on a tape,but would not say how or where.

He has denied any involvement in phone hacking.

In 2006,Morgan said that he had heard ‘a tape of a message Paul had left for Heather on her mobile phone.’

“It was heartbreaking. The couple had clearly had a tiff,Heather had fled to India,and Paul was pleading with her to come back. He sounded lonely,miserable and desperate,and even sang ‘We Can Work It Out’ into the answerphone,” Morgan had said.

When asked,Mills said she never authorized Morgan or any other journalists to listen to her voicemail.

Mills,a former glamour model,divorced McCartney in 2008 after six years of marriage. The 69-year-old singer married Nancy Shevell in October last year.

A number of celebrities including Hugh Grant have testified at the Leveson Inquiry,established last year in the wake of the News Corp phone-hacking scandal.

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