July 11, 2011 17:17

George Michael: 'Rupert Murdoch has tried to destroy me'

Singer also accuses police of taking money for information about him

George Michael: 'Rupert Murdoch has tried to destroy me'

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George Michael has said he believes Rupert Murdoch's News International has tried to destroy him.

The singer, whose private life and criminal convictions have made him a fixture in the tabloid press for the last decade, has posted a lengthy statement on his Twitter page Twitter.com/GeorgeMichael, about his dealings with the tabloids.

In a lengthy post, which began with the subject of phone hacking, Michael wrote: "I can safely say that I am one of the few people amongst the thousands of News International's targets to have genuinely benefitted from Murdoch's attempts to destroy me."

He also said he believed the police had taken payments from journalists for information about him. He wrote: "The press would get to my house before I did. On every occasion, some little creep in that police station would have called the press. Cap in hand, and made a nice little wad of cash. I just became resigned to it. Perks of the job in the Met."

The singer had also written that he believed he had information for the police as part of the inquiry into the phone hacking scandal at the News Of The World and that he believed he had once "been under surveillance for several years".

To read the full statement, go to Twitter.com/GeorgeMichael.

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