Conservative MP Louise Mensch has apologized to CNN host Piers Morgan for accusing him of “boasting” about hacking phones while acting as editor of the Daily Mirror.
During last week’s Commons select committee hearing on the News Corp. hacking scandal, Mensch said that Morgan had been “very open about his personal use of phone hacking” in his memoir, The Insider.
The accusation led to a Twitter war between the two after Mensch stood by her claim but refused to repeat it outside of Parliament, where she could be accused of libel. Morgan called her “cowardly” and said that her claims were “a complete outrage.”
However, Mensch now says that she made a mistake and had misread a newspaper article about Morgan’s book.
“The Telegraph report covers the claim of a blogger that this story was acquired by phone hacking, and I misread that as Mr. Morgan himself claiming this to be true,” she said. “Therefore, I must apologise to Mr. Morgan and the committee for this error about his book.”
In response, Morgan tweeted, “Apology graciously accepted @LouiseMensch – thank you.”