No matter how hard he may try, former magazine editor-turned CNN host Piers Morgan cannot seem to escape being stuck in the middle of this phone-hacking scandal that resulted in one of his former employers (in News of the World) getting shut down.
At first, Morgan was the target of some rather harsh attacks by MP Louise Mensch over some quotes in his book that were ultimately taken out of context. (She eventually apologized, but did so after trying to invoke Parliamentary privilege on a number of occasions to keep from discussing the matter.) Now, Sir Paul McCartney’s ex-wife seems to be throwing his name back into the mix yet again.
In the wake of the hacking scandal, Mills is accusing a reporter from the Trinity Mirror PLC group of hacking into her voice messages in 2001. At the time, Morgan worked as an editor for the Daily Mirror (one of the papers under the parent company), and wrote in a 2006 column in the Daily Mail that he had listened to a voice message at one point: “He sounded lonely, miserable and desperate, and even sang ’We Can Work It Out’ into the answerphone.”
British lawmakers are pressing to have Morgan return to Britain in order to respond to these allegations — he has denied in the past taking part in any sort of phone-hacking, but has stayed quiet on this current matter with the exception of this somewhat-cryptic message on Twitter:
“Morning all, lovely day in LA. Anything going on back home in UK? Seems a bit quiet over there….”
Do you think Piers is looking suspicious, or do you think he is more of a scapegoat at this point simply due to his celebrity status?
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