'Back to Black' singer targeted by the media
A former chief reporter for the Scottish Sunday Mail has claimed that Amy Winehouse’s voicemail was targeted by newspapers.
Lavery claims that Winehouse’s father Mitch, mother Janis, brother Alex and ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil were also targeted by the media.
Lavery’s source – which he declined to disclose – stated: “A lot of the time some people close to her sold the info, but her data was accessed on a routine, wholesale basis. And not just by one newspaper group, by most of them.”
Speaking to NME, Lavery explained that “I’d known about the phone-hacking previously, and when I heard the news of her death, I made some calls and confirmed it. Naturally, there’s been quite a bit of interest in the story so far.”
He continued: “I’ve no idea whether the hacking contributed to her death, what I do know is that the girl was under immense pressure from tabloid newspapers for her entire career – perhaps because she was so talented.”