Phone Hacking Roundup: Mills Slams Morgan, Police Officer Arrested, Former Employee Legal Fees & 'The Cult Of Piers' At UK's Daily Mirror

UPDATE: Paul McCartney’s ex-wife Heather Mills has declared she is being made a “scapegoat” by Piers Morgan. Mills’ name popped up repeatedly at a Tuesday session of the Leveson Inquiry into UK press ethics during which Morgan was grilled about a message left by McCartney on Mills’ voice mail which he previously said had been played for him. The erstwhile News Of The World and Daily Mirror editor refused to reveal who played the message, but it was suggested it was Mills or someone authorized by her. In a statement posted to her website, Mills writes in part: “For the avoidance of doubt, I can categorically state that I have never ever played Piers Morgan a tape of any kind, never mind a voice message from my ex-husband. Piers Morgan is doing all he can to deter the Leveson inquiry from finishing their important job. Morgan is using me as his scapegoat and I would be more than happy to answer any questions that the inquiry would like to put to me.” Lord Justice Leveson on Tuesday said he was considering calling Mills.

PREVIOUS: London police arrested a female officer on suspicion of corruption in connection with a multipronged investigation into activity connected to phone hacking at the shuttered News of the World. Additionally, former News of the World editor Andy Coulson lost a bid to force publisher News Group to pay for his legal defense related to phone hacking charges. But in a separate ruling the parent company was ordered to resume paying legal fees for the private investigator which the paper used in the case, Glenn Mulcaire, as he faces scores of civil claims.

And finally, former business journalist and newspaper colleague James Hipwell said Piers Morgan must have known that phone hacking was rife at the Daily Mirror when Morgan was editor. “Nothing happened at the newspaper without him knowing,” Hipwell testified, a day after Morgan issued a denial at a televised hearing. Hipwell said phone hacking was a “standard journalistic tool for gathering information” and that Morgan was heavily involved in all his reporters’ work. “The newspaper was built around the cult of Piers.”

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