Heather Mills claims Mirror Group hacked her voicemail (Update)


Heather Mills. (KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AP)

Updated, 4:10 p.m.

Heather Mills, the ex-wife of Paul McCartney, claims her voicemail was hacked by a Mirror Group journalist.

Mills told the BBC that a senior journalist contacted her in 2001 and quoted a voicemail McCartney left on her phone. After she raised a question about the quote, she said the person admitted to hacking her voicemail.

“Yeah we did hear it on your voice messages, I won't run it,” Mills claims the journalist said.

Trinity Mirror denied wrongdoing. “Our position is clear. All our journalists work within the criminal law and the PCC code of conduct,” the group told the BBC.

Trinity owns the Daily Mirror and the Sunday Mirror, among many other publications. The company is separate from Rupert Murdoch’s New Corps., which is also facing allegations of phone-hacking.

Mills said that Piers Morgan, who was editor of the Daily Mirror at that time, was not the journalist in question. But as the BBC points out, Morgan wrote in the Daily Mail.that he heard “a tape of a message Paul had left for Heather on her mobile phone.”

“There was absolutely no honest way that Piers Morgan could have obtained that tape that he has so proudly bragged about unless they had gone into my voice messages,” Mills said.

Morgan responded to the allegations in a statement found via Gawker.

Heather Mills has made unsubstantiated claims about a conversation she may or may not have had with a senior executive from a Trinity Mirror newspaper in 2001.

The BBC has confirmed to me that this executive was not employed by the Daily Mirror.

I have no knowledge of any conversation any executive from other newspapers at Trinity Mirror may or may not have had with Heather Mills.

What I can say and have knowledge of is that Sir Paul McCartney asserted that Heather Mills illegally intercepted his telephones, and leaked confidential material to the media. This is well documented, and was stated in their divorce case. Further, in his judgment, The Honourable Mr. Justice Bennett wrote of Heather Mills: “I am driven to the conclusion that much of her evidence, both written and oral, was not just inconsistent and inaccurate but also less than candid. Overall she was a less than impressive witness.”

No doubt everyone will take this and other instances of somewhat extravagant claims by Ms. Mills into account in assessing what credibility and platform her assertions are given.

And to reiterate, 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.

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