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Singer George Michael–more in the news lately for his personal problems than his music career–is back in the headlines. He may have information about the phone hacking scandal that’s hacking away at Rupert Murdoch‘s empire. “Careless Whisper” was Michael’s biggest hit, but now some careful tweeting on his account has gotten the attention of British authorities.

On July 7th, Michael tweeted of Murdoch’s head of News International: “Rebekah Brooks sat two feet from me in my own home and told me that it was never the public that came to them with information on celebrities, and that the Police always got there first. I think thats enough to be going on with. (Don’t ask me how she got there)….” Now Michael says in a new tweet that the British police have contacted his lawyer about this remark. This should get interesting. Michael, often a subject of British tabloids thanks to his many public exploits, is no fan of Murdoch or News of the World.

Michael notes that he’s not trying to absolve himself of all his past troubles. But he seems to be onto something and is taking glee in Murdoch’s troubles: “This thing is going to have legs, people. And not the pretty kind. :)” He also tweets about “The two photographers who sat outside my house in their cars night after night for several years….Were regularly seen with computers open on their laps. I presumed for years that i was under surveilance.”

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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