Friday, June 14, 2024

Singer George Michael: Did Murdoch Chief Tell Him Police Were Sources?


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
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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