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Calls for CNN's Piers Morgan to testify in hacking

LONDON — CNN's Piers Morgan faced calls Thursday to return to Britain to explain what he knows about the country's phone hacking scandal, while former Beatle Paul McCartney said he would contact British police over his ex-wife's claim that their voice mails had been hacked by British journalists.

The heat was turned up on Morgan when Heather Mills accused newspaper group Trinity Mirror PLC of accessing her voice mail messages. Morgan edited the company's Daily Mirror newspaper between 1995 and 2004.

Some lawmakers called on Morgan to return to Britain to answer questions about the scandal, but his spokesman, Meghan McPartland, said he had no plans to leave for Britain.

Mills' allegation, made Wednesday in a BBC interview, centers on a phone call she said she received from a senior Trinity Mirror journalist in 2001, before she and McCartney were married.

In the call, the journalist referred to relationship problems she was having with the former Beatle. When Mills asked how he knew, she said the journalist quoted a voice mail left by McCartney on her phone word-for-word. She said that when she then accused him of breaking into her phone and threatened to call the police, he admitted it and promised not to run a story on the couple's fight.

Mills identified the journalist, although the BBC bleeped out the name, citing legal reasons. The BBC did say that the journalist was not Morgan.

In a statement Wednesday, Morgan described Mills' allegation as unsubstantiated and noted that the judge in the couple's divorce case had cast aspersions on her credibility.

Calls for CNN's Piers Morgan to testify in hacking 08/04/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2011 11:47pm]
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