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As NPR's David Folkenflik reports, it's a sign of how the scandal that has engulfed Rupert Murdoch's media empire now threatens some of his British rivals.
DAVID FOLKENFLIK: Last month, as a parliamentary committee grilled News Corp's Rupert and James Murdoch, the Conservative MP Louise Mensch claimed Morgan admitted to hacking in a book. Morgan blasted back, pointing out she had misread the key passage.
PIERS MORGAN: Absolutely wrong, Mrs. Mensch. I want to be really clear about this. I've never hacked a phone, never told anyone else to hack a phone or published any stories based on the hacking of a phone.
FOLKENFLIK: Mills told the BBC that a decade ago she received a call from an executive with Trinity Mirror, the media group that owns the Mirror and other newspapers.
HEATHER MILLS: He said, oh, I heard you've had a big argument with your boyfriend - before I married him. And I said, and why would you know this? And he started quoting verbatim the messages from my machine.
FOLKENFLIK: Mills said she served up a threat of her own.
MILLS: I said, then I'll go to the police. And he said, OK, OK. Yeah, we did hear it on your voice messages, and I won't run it.
FOLKENFLIK: The BBC reported the executive involved was not Morgan. Yesterday, McCartney told American TV critics that he would seek answers from the police.
PAUL MCCARTNEY: I do think it is a horrendous violation of privacy. And I do think it's been going on for a long time. And I do think more people than we know knew about it.
FOLKENFLIK: Harriet Harmon, she's deputy leader of the opposition Labour Party, spoke here to Sky News.
HARRIET HARMAN: Piers Morgan who, of course, was the editor of the Mirror said he that heard a heartbreaking phone message, which clearly gives rise to the assumption that he'd heard a tape recorded message. Now, it's not good enough for him to say - or somebody to say on his behalf - I always complied with the law and the Press Complaints Commission Code of Conduct. He's got to answer.
FOLKENFLIK: David Folkenflik, NPR News.
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