Heather Mills, the former wife of Paul McCartney, is alleging that a journalist with the U.K.'s Mirror Group has admitted to hacking a voicemail left on her phone by McCartney.
According to the BBC, McCartney left Mills a conciliatory voicemail in 2001 after the pair were involved in an argument, and Mills claims that a senior Mirror Group journalist later called and started quoting the voicemail verbatim. When Mills accused the journalist of hacking into her phone and threatened to notify the police, the journalist allegedly admitted to the charge and promised not to use any of McCartney's voicemail in a story.
Mirror Group's parent company, Trinity Mirror, has denied the allegation and says in a statement, "Our position is clear. All our journalists work within the criminal law and the PCC [Press Complaints Commission] code of conduct."
In a 2006 article published in the Daily Mail, Piers Morgan, the former heritor of the Daily Mirror and current host of CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," claimed to have heard a voicemail that McCartney left for Mills. "At one stage I was played a tape of a message Paul had left for Heather on her mobile phone," wrote Morgan. "It was heartbreaking. The couple had clearly had a tiff, Heather had fled to India, and Paul was pleading with her to come back. He sounded lonely, miserable and desperate, and even sang 'We Can Work It Out' into the answerphone."
However, Mills says that Morgan is not the journalist that contacted her and quoted the voicemail, and Morgan has denied any instance of phone-hacking.
Mills, a former model and active charity campaigner, married McCartney in 2002 before a messy divorce in 2008.