So it turns out that England may have its own Pellicano scandal brewing. Somehow it’s comforting to know that not only Hollywood has divorces where allegations of wiretapping surface. I won’t go into all the sordid details because DHD tries hard not to care about people’s personal lives, only their professional ones. But the London Sunday Mirror is reporting that Paul McCartney’s acrimonious split with wife Heather Mills now includes a secretly bugged telephone conversation between the ex-Beatle and his daughter, designer Stella McCartney. The conversation was thought to have been recorded over the past few weeks at the farmhouse on McCartney’s 160-acre estate in Peasmarsh, East Sussex. According to the paper, the tape somehow made its way into Mills’ hands in the last month. It is a criminal offence under The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 to intercept calls in England, whether made on a landline or a mobile phone, and is punishable by up to two years in jail. There is no suggestion by the paper that Mills is behind the recording. She has allegedly said the cassette was given to her by a third party. McCartney is said to be in “utter shock” at the bugging. An investigation is under way, but apparently no formal police complaint has been filed yet. So the question remains: who did the wiretapping? (FYI, Pellicano was, and is, still in jail.)
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