Charlotte Church gives shocking evidence in phone hacking trial
Charlotte Church is the latest celebrity to testify in the Leveson inquiry and opened up about the extreme levels of intrusion she faced on a daily basis as a talented young singer growing up in a corrupt industry.
Speaking about how her home life was disrupted from an early age, Church explained how photographers had even gone as far as cutting holes in the hedges outside of her house to catch candid snaps as she both entered and left the property:
"My manager and said he'd found a camera and that there was something cut out of the hedge. There was really no other person in the world who would do that other than the press."
She also revealed that at just 13-years-old she was offered the phenomenal sum of £100,000 and the promise of "good press" to perform at the wedding of media mogul Rupert Murdoch:
"I remember being told that Murdoch had asked me to perform at his wedding to Wendi Deng in New York on his yacht. I remember being told of the offer of the favour – to get good press – and I also remember being 13 and thinking why would anyone take a favour of £100,000?"
The Leveson inquiry's junior counsel added: "She was told by management there would be £100,000 or if her fee was waived she would be looked upon favouraby by Rupert Murdoch's papers."
The Welsh songstress even admitted that she felt her phone was hacked during the first trimester of her first pregnancy because the news was reported before she had the chance to tell her own family:
"My family were really upset that it had come out in this way. It was my news to tell and they took that away from me."
Watch Church's most recent interview with Jonathan Ross below:
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