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Piers Morgan Resorts to “Liar, Liar Pants on Fire” in Heather Mills Phone Hack Claims

Heather Mills, the former model and ex-wife of music legend, Paul McCartney may be jumping on the hacking bandwagon and Piers Morgan is not a gentleman.

Mills claims her phone was hacked during Piers Morgan’s tenure at the Daily Mirror, something which already has come out, kind of, thanks to Piers Morgan’s own admission.

In a 2006 article for the Daily Mail, Morgan wrote:

At one stage I was played 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 answer phone.

On Wednesday’s BBC Newsnight, Mills said:

that in early 2001 she had had a row with former Beatle Sir Paul, who later left a conciliatory message on her voicemail while she was away in India.

According to Ms Mills, afterwards a senior Mirror Group Newspapers journalist rang her and “started quoting verbatim the messages from my machine”.

Ms Mills said she challenged the journalist saying: “You’ve obviously hacked my phone and if you do anything with this story… I’ll go to the police.”

She said they responded: “OK, OK, yeah we did hear it on your voice messages, I won’t run it.”

Why didn’t she go to the police then and there in 2001? It seems to have been a trend with celebs who were hacked to sue and threaten rather than go to the law, which would have shut the hacking down a lot sooner.

Mills added:  [cont’d.]

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.

Morgan countered with a CNN-issued statement:

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.

Well, yeah, Heather Mills has some credibility issues in the past, as Popbitch points out, citing some of some her previous tales. PopBitch’s researchers discovered Mills:

claimed she called off an engagement because her fiance was gay, an M16 agent and that his mission was to undermine her anti-landmine work;

was told by her first ex husband he “couldn’t marry her until she did something about her compulsive lying;”

won an Outstanding Young Person of the Year award from the British Chambers of Commerce. The award doesn’t exist;

wrote that the owner of a jewellery shop in Clapham gave her a job on Saturdays, but he said “Everything she wrote about me was lies, I never gave her a job; she just hung around and made tea. She told me
her father was dead;

said she gave as much as 80% or 90% of her earnings direct to charities. Her tax returns “disclose no charitable giving”.

Despite this, her story of hearing the tape in 2001 may be true. And Morgan is certainly pulling the traditional “bitch is crazy, bitch is lying” card to take the heat off of him by implying that Mills is a liar.

Granted Mills did leak a story about Paul McCartney to the press, and may have confabulated in the past, but the press also invented stories about her:

In 2009, after petitioning the Press Complaints Commission in the UK about being lied about in the press, five British tabloids (The Sun, The Daily Express, News of the World, Sunday Mirror and Daily Mirror) publicly apologised to Mills about printing false, hurtful or defamatory stories about her. Another tabloid (the Daily Mail), sent a private letter of apology. The stories in question were not those alleging prostitution, lying, or being a fantasist, but more recent untrue stories concerning her daughter, false allegations of a romantic relationship, false suggestions regarding cosmetic surgery, and false accounts of her spending.

In the CNN statement, Morgan says:

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.

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

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.

But Piers, you admit you heard a tape recorded phone message from Sir Paul to Heather Mills. Didn’t you, in spirit of journalistic query, ask how the message had been obtained? And if not, why not?

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.