Heather Mills McCartney, the former wife of musician Sir Paul McCartney, is not the most popular celebrity around. Like her or loathe her though she has a right to fair treatment, privacy and respect. Surely we should all have such basic rights?
Lady Heather has often seen the nasty side of the media and she has faced many character assassinations over the years. Now it seems that she could have been one of the many victims of phone hacking in the UK. Or could she?
The Leveson Inquiry is currently embroiled in a lengthy investigation into phone hacking and corruption allegations surrounding some of the UK media. Today, December 21, 2011 there was yet another arrest linked to the phone hacking and bribery allegations, and this time it was a police officer who was arrested.
Yesterday Piers Morgan, whose career is currently riding high in the US faced the inquiry, albeit by video link. He appeared nonchalant and even arrogant at times but maintained that he knew nothing of any phone hacking when he was a UK editor. Today another witness has refuted this.
A heated question and answer session yesterday followed revelations about leaked voice mails of Heather McCartney. In the end it was suggested that Lady McCartney may be called as a witness to clarify the situation. In 2006 Piers Morgan wrote article detailing a "heartbreaking" message left by former Beatle, Sir Paul, for his then wife. Morgan now claims that Lady Heather has leaked several documents to the media. He maintains that she taped all such calls.
Heather denies that she leaked any to the media but it seems that currently the media seems to be insinuating that is just what she did.
After a day or two squirming it does seem that Morgan was more involved in media shenanigans than he at first cared to admit. Initially Morgan told the Leveson inquiry that "ethical considerations had been "interwoven" into his work, even when printing stories gathered by private investigators or paying for secrets trawled from celebrities' litter bins". He maintans that he has,"never listened to illegally obtained telephone messages".
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog