In November 2011, in the aftermath of the News of the World phone hacking scandal, actress Sienna Miller took the stand at the Leveson Inquiry and described the extent of harassment to which she’d been subjected by the press and paparazzi in Britain.
For years, she explained to the court, she’d been pursued on foot and by car, spat on, verbally abused, and had her movements creepily pre-empted by 10 to 15 men on an almost daily basis. Highly damaging stories had been fabricated; personal information had been obtained via intercepted voicemail messages – causing her to accuse friends and family of selling stories.
Towards the end of the questioning, Miller was asked why she was giving evidence to the inquiry. Her response was, “Because you made me?”
She was only partly joking.
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