‘Harry Potter’ author JK Rowling has told an inquiry into British media practices that she felt like a hostage in her own home because of press intrusion.
During two hours of evidence, Rowling listed incidents of harassment by tabloid reporters and photographers: “There were two particularly bad periods. It really was like being under siege or being held hostage. After the birth of each of my subsequent children, for a week, it was impossible for me to leave the house without being photographed.“
The Leveson inquiry, named after the judge leading it, was ordered by the government after revelations that staff at a tabloid newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch, had hacked into the phones of thousands of people, including celebrities.
The actress Sienna Millar was among the latest in a series of stars and public figures to give evidence to the inquiry that has become compelling viewing for celebrity-obsessed Britons.