George Michael has responded to the news that Rupert Murdoch’s News International has shut down the scandal-plagued British newspaper News of the World by declaring that today is a “fantastic day for Britain.” The paper has been accused of eavesdropping on the phone messages of murder victims, politicians and celebrities such as Michael. According to the Associated Press, the News of the World got a lead on the singer’s DUI arrest last year by hacking his phone.
In a series of tweets earlier today, Michael accused News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks of corruption. “Rebekah Brooks sat two feet from me in my own home and told me that it was never the public that came to them with information,” the singer wrote, “or celebrities, and that the police always got there first.” He further explained that Brooks had not been invited into his house and that he had no idea how she got in.
Michael clarified that his attack on Brooks is “in no way an excuse for any of my behavior,” referring to his substance abuse issues and imprisonment for driving under the influence of drugs. “I was happy to do my time, because I was so ashamed.”
“I believe every individual, whether privileged or the average citizen, deserves the law,” the singer tweeted. “And many of us, rich or poor, have been denied it by News International.”