Rowling: Reporter Put Note in Daughter's School Bag

She and Sienna Miller tell UK ethics panel about media 'siege'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2011 12:14 PM CST
JK Rowling, Sienna Miller Tell Media Ethics Panel in UK About Media Scrutiny
British actress Sienna Miller arrives to testify at the media ethics inquiry.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

The media ethics panel set up in Britain in the wake of the News of the World phone hacking scandal is getting an earful today from some high-profile witnesses:

  • JK Rowling: The Harry Potter author complained that a journalist once slipped a note into her 5-year-old daughter's school bag requesting an interview, reports the BBC. "I can't put an invisibility cloaking device over myself or my house, nor would I want to. (But) it feels threatening to have people watching you." She also said reporters posed as tax officials to get personal information from her husband.

  • Sienna Miller: The actress, whose phone was hacked by NOTW, said it felt like she was "living in some sort of video game" because of paparazzi stakeouts, particularly when she was dating Jude Law. "I would often find myself, at the age of 21, at midnight, running down a dark street on my own with 10 men chasing me. And the fact they had cameras in their hands made that legal."
The AP has more, including testimony from former Formula One chief Max Mosley, whose sexcapades got prominent (and distorted) coverage.

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