Paul McCartney announced Thursday that he will be contacting British police after allegations surfaced that his phone messages may have been hacked.
The former Beatle told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour, "I’ll tell you that when I go back after this tour I’m going to talk to the police because I apparently have been hacked," according to the Wrap.
McCartney's announcement comes a day after his ex-wife Heather Mills alleged that a journalist working for tabloid publisher Trinity Mirror had admitted to hacking her phone in 2001. Speaking to the BBC on Wednesday, she recalled receiving a phone call from a journalist, who quoted word-for-word a voicemail message that McCartney had left her.
McCartney remarked, "I don’t know much about it, but I do think it’s a horrendous violation of privacy, and I think it's been going on for a long time and more people than we've heard about knew about it."
McCartney's intervention only draws more attention to the Mirror group, which publishes the Daily Mirror and many other British papers. It also further shines the spotlight on Piers Morgan, the CNN host who formerly edited the Mirror. In 2006, Morgan wrote a piece in the Daily Mail, in which he admitted he "was played a tape of a message Paul had left for Heather on her mobile phone." Morgan edited the Mirror at the time that Mills alleges her phone was hacked—though the journalist Mills said she spoke to did not work for the Daily Mirror. Morgan has been completely unequivocal in his assertions that he was never involved in phone hacking of any kind, but British lawmakers have called for him to return to the UK to answer their questions.
McCartney and Mills join a long list of celebrities and public figures who allege that their phones have been hacked. That list includes Jude Law, Hugh Grant and Sienna Miller.