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Piers Morgan Hits Back at Heather Mills

CNN host questions accuser's credibility

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CNN host Piers Morgan has gone on the attack in his denial of recent allegations by Paul McCartney’s ex-wife Heather Mills, who claimed Wednesday that a journalist working for the Mirror Group hacked into her voicemail during the years in which Morgan was editor of the Daily Mirror.

"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," Morgan said in a statement that CNN issued this afternoon. "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.”

Mills alleged on the BBC evening program Newsnight that a journalist from the Mirror Group called her in 2001, and in the course of their conversation, quoted from a private voicemail Mills’ then-boyfriend McCartney had left on her mobile phone. According to Mills, when she pressed the journalist about how he’d heard those recordings, she says he admitted that her mobile phone account had been hacked. Mills did not say that Morgan had been involved in the hacking himself. But in a column he wrote for the Daily Mail in 2006, Morgan seemed to suggest that he’d been played similar recordings that McCartney left on Mills’ voicemail.

In his statement, Morgan went on to say that the BBC had confirmed to him that the journalist Mills was referring to “was not employed by the Daily Mirror. I have no knowledge of any conversation any executive from other newspapers at Trinity Mirror may or may not have had with Heather Mills.”

Morgan also referred back to a general denial he's made before about hacking, saying, "And 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."