Paul McCartney: ‘Apparently, I have been hacked’
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Rock star Paul McCartney said he expects to talk to British law enforcement authorities about phone hacking by British tabloids.
Speaking at the Television Critics Assn. press tour about a Showtime special he is participating in, McCartney said, ‘Apparently, I have been hacked.’
The former Beatle did not say what paper he thought had hacked into his phones. His former wife Heather Mills told the BBC that she had been told that a reporter from the Mirror Group, parent of the Daily Mirror, had listened to her mobile phone messages.
The Mirror is owned by Trinity Mirror, one of Europe’s biggest newspaper publishers.
Most of the hacking scandal has focused on News Corp.’s News of the World tabloid, which was shut down by its parent company after revelations of widespread phone hacking by operatives for the paper. Besides eavesdropping on voice mails of celebrities and members of the royal family, News of the World was found to have done the same to victims of crime as well.
McCartney said the hacking is a ‘horrendous violation of privacy,’ and he suspects that the people at the parent companies of these newspapers were aware of the practice.
‘More people than we know knew about it,’ McCartney said.
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-- Joe Flint