Paul McCartney’s ex-wife Heather Mills has ‘categorically’denied playing former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan a voicemail message left by her former husband.
Morgan was quizzed on the subject when he gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry on Tuesday, after he admitted listening to a tape recording of the message in 2001 when the couple had problems with their marriage.
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Morgan refused to reveal how he came to listen to the tape, claiming it could potentially compromise his source.
He told Lord Justice Leveson: “All we know for a fact about Lady Heather Mills McCartney is that in their divorce case Paul McCartney stated as a fact that she had recorded their conversations and given them to the media.”
In a statement Mills said: ‘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 enquiry would like to put to me.
‘As stated in a press release by my ex-husband, he has never insinuated that I have leaked tapes of him to the media.”
On Tuesday Leveson said he would consider calling Mills to give evidence.
In June 2010 the Press Complaints Commission rejected a complaint from Heather Mills that a Piers Morgan article inaccurately claimed that he had introduced her to Sir Paul McCartney.
In the Mail on Sunday article Morgan also said he felt “eternal shame” at having “introduced [Mills] to Paul [McCartney]”