Piers Morgan Demands Apology for Accusation of Phone-Hacking Involvement
Piers Morgan has been forced to defend himself in the phone-hacking scandal involving News of the World, and he is apparently fuming over it. The host of CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" took to Twitter to demand apology from Conservative MP Louise Mensch who insinuated that he might be involved in the hacking.
"Read my book yet @LouiseMensch ? If so, are you ready to make a public apology for your lies about me today?" so wrote the former News of the World editor. He followed it with another tweet that read, "Still trying to smear me @LouiseMensch ? Try repeating your lies about me outside of parliamentary privilege and see how you get on."
Morgan continued to berate Mensch, "You lied today @LouiseMensch - and you don't have the guts to admit you lied. Read the book and apologize." Hours earlier, the 46-year-old commented on the MP's refusal to repeat her allegations, "Ms Mensch said she couldn't repeat allegations because she wouldn't have parliamentary privilege to protect her. Laughable and cowardly."
Mensch, a Conservative member of Parliament on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, alleged that Morgan participated in phone hacking during a Parliamentary hearing on Tuesday, July 19. "Piers Morgan, who is now a celebrity anchor at CNN, you do not appear to have asked him any questions at all about phone hacking," she told her fellow lawmakers.
"As a former editor for the Daily Mirror, he said in his book 'The Insider' recently, and I quote, 'that little trick of entering a standard four-digit code allows anyone to call that number and hear all your messages.' In that book he boasted that using that little trick enables him to win scoop of the year for a story about Sven-Goran Eriksson. So that is a former editor of The Daily Mirror being very open about his personal use of phone hacking."
In response to the accusation, Morgan took to Twitter and wrote, "That MP just claimed I boasted in my book of using phone-hacking for a scoop. Complete nonsense. Just read the book." He then blatantly denied any involvement as writing, "I've never hacked a phone, told anyone to hack a phone, or published any stories based on the hacking of a phone."
In a following tweet, Morgan explained, "I wrote in my book that someone warned me phones could be hacked, so I changed my pin number. That's it." He further added, "To check veracity of Ms Mensch's ridiculous claim, read The Insider: Private Diaries of a Scandalous Decade. Published by Ebury #Murdoch."
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