Sienna Miller, J.K. Rowling Testify in U.K.. Media Ethics Probe
Actress Sienna Miller and author J.K. Rowling have revealed the hardships they have suffered due to the allegedly unethical practices of some members of the British media, who are accused of hacking into the phones and e-mail addresses of celebrities and politicians, among others.
Miller, who starred in “Alfie” and “Layer Cake,” said in a hearing of the Leveson Inquiry that she was put under “surveillance” by reporters and paparazzi who wanted to get every bit of information about her private life. “Everyone close to me was being monitored and electronically listened to. I felt violated, and paranoid and anxious constantly,” she said.
“Harry Potter” author Rowling, on the other hand, testified that she was forced to move to a new house because of the media, adding that she became a “sitting duck for anyone trying to find me.” In addition, Rowling also lambasted the media for not sparing her children. “A child, no matter who their parents are, deserves privacy,” said Rowling according to Reuters.
British Prime Minister David Cameron ordered the inquiry to examine the role of the press in the phone-hacking scandal that shook the U.K. media earlier this year.