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Piers Morgan interviewed by police in hacking case

by The Associated Press on February 15, 2014 10:30 AM

LONDON — Prominent CNN talk show host Piers Morgan confirmed Friday that he has been interviewed by British police investigating the illegal intercept of telephone voicemails.

Morgan, formerly a tabloid newspaper editor in Britain, was not arrested but was “interviewed under caution” on Dec. 6 by British detectives investigating the long-running phone hacking scandal.

“This was further to a full witness statement I had already freely provided,” Morgan said in a statement. “I attended that interview as requested.”

He has consistently denied wrongdoing.

The Metropolitan Police said a 48-year-old journalist was questioned on that date. That means the interview was recorded and could be used in future prosecutions.

A police statement said the questioning is linked to a specific inquiry into phone hacking at Mirror Group Newspapers, one of the U.K.’s biggest media groups.

Morgan, who stepped into the CNN talk show host role long held by Larry King in early 2011, edited The Daily Mirror newspaper between 1995 and 2004.

He has told a British inquiry that he was not aware of any phone hacking during his tenure at the tabloid.

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LOS ANGELES — Simon Cowell is a proud new father.

A spokeswoman for Cowell says he and socialite Lauren Silverman welcomed their baby son early Friday evening, Valentine’s Day, in New York.

The spokeswoman, AnnMarie Thomson, says the infant weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and is named Eric, after Cowell’s father.

Cowell, of “American Idol” and “The X Factor” fame, posted a series of tweets about the happy event. He says the new mom is in “great shape” and describes his new son as “healthy and handsome.”

Last year, Cowell dodged questions about his relationship with the married Silverman. But he later called her “special” and said he feels good about fatherhood, something he hadn’t previously considered.

People magazine reported that Silverman’s divorce from Andrew Silverman became final in New York in December.

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LOS ANGELES — Actress Ellen Page, 26, who won the hearts of moviegoers as the pregnant teenager in the film “Juno” has come out as gay.

“I’m here today because I am gay,” the actress said Friday — speaking to a Las Vegas conference of counselors who work with teenagers who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual or queer, known as LGBTQ. A video of her speech was posted on the Los Angeles Times website. Page says that she suffered for years because she was afraid to come out.

“I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain.”

The paper’s report says that at one point the audience rose to its feet in applause.

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NEW YORK — Drake is apologizing for lashing out at Rolling Stone for replacing him on the cover with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The 27-year-old wrote Friday on his blog: “I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone” putting the actor on the cover. He calls Hoffman “legendary.”

The rapper added that he was frustrated and said Thursday was “an emotional day.” He titled the post “Tough Day At The Office.”

Drake tweeted Thursday that he was “disgusted” that Rolling Stone put Hoffman on its cover and he was finished doing magazine interviews. He also said the magazine misquoted him when Kanye West came up, which he didn’t mention in his Friday post.

The magazine’s new issue hit newsstands Friday.

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