- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 20, 2011

LONDON (AP) - CNN’s star interviewer Piers Morgan says he “doesn’t believe” he’s listened to hacked voicemail messages.

He came under fire in front of the British media ethics committee investigating the tabloid phone hacking scandal that has shaken the country.

Morgan defended his actions Tuesday when testifying by videolink from the United States, but there were many things he said he could not recall.

He also declined to answer some questions because he said he wanted to defend his sources.

The former U.K. tabloid editor admitted phone-hacking was widespread.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

LONDON (AP) _ CNN celebrity interviewer Piers Morgan is refusing to disclose details about one of the most damning links between himself and the UK phone hacking scandal _ his acknowledgment that he once listened to a phone message left by Paul McCartney for his then-wife Heather Mills.

In a 2006 article, Morgan said he was played a phone message left by the former Beatle on Mills’ answering machine.

Mills has said there’s no way Morgan could have obtained the message honestly.

Morgan told Britain’s media ethics inquiry on Tuesday that he could not say when he heard the message or who played it to him because it would compromise a source.

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