Ex-Oasis label boss: ‘I’d have been gutted if I hadn’t been hacked by NOTW’

Alan McGee claims newspaper may have tapped messages from Courtney Love

Oasis‘ former label boss Alan McGee has admitted that he’d have been “gutted” if his name hadn’t been thrown up in an investigation into the alleged phone hacking by the News Of The World.

The ex-Creation Records man has claimed that the Metropolitan Police have been in touch to let him know his name “popped up” during their investigations into the actions of the now-defunct Sunday newspaper.

Writing a blog for the Huffington Post, McGee said that he plans to sue the News International title if it turns out he has been hacked, commenting that he “couldn’t abide NOTW”.


But he couldn’t resist a joking about the incident, quipping:

In truth, I would have also been gutted to think I wasn’t worth at least a little hack! Imagine being deemed by the people at News Of The World as not being in the the top 8,000 most interesting people?

He added: “Whoever had the pleasure to get into my voicemail would have just been faced with hour-long Courtney Love rambles from LA about her new songs at 5am UK time.”

The News Of The World closed in the summer over allegations that staff and private investigators regularly hacked the phones of celebrities, public figures and members of the public.

News International chairman James Murdoch announced the closure on July 7, commenting that the good things the newspaper had done had been “sullied by behaviour that was wrong – indeed, if recent allegations are true, it was inhuman and has no place in our company”.

Meanwhile, McGee made £19,000 by selling one of John Lennon’s teeth in Stockport over the weekend. The former Beatle’s molar was part of a large lot of memorabilia being sold by McGee which also included a suit worn during the Fab Four’s film A Hard Day’s Night, a painting by John Squire and numerous Oasis items.

McGee defended his decision to flog the gear, stating: “I can’t be arsed with music any more.”


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