Michael Stipe Successful touring musicians often live fishbowl lives…
- Posted on Feb 28th 2012 5:15PM by Jason MacNeil
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"Although I have no proof, and therefore it is of course speculation, I do not believe that there could be any other explanation than the fact that the source must have been someone related to my call to the police," Adams said in a written statement to Lord Justice Leveson, chair of the Leveson Inquiry (Britain's public inquiry into the News of the World phone hacking controversy), as reported by The Telegraph Tuesday.
"I can see no public interest in this being reported. It was not even accurate -- no panic alarm was installed at my house. I do not see why the fact that I am a well-known musician should justify anyone leaking the story."
According to Adams, the stalking took place in late 2008 and lasted for approximately a month. The musician said the stalkers, a mother and son, "incessantly" rang his doorbell and "hung around my house." After calling 999 (Britain's equivalent to the U.S. emergency number 911), police warned the two to keep their distance from the 'Cuts Like a Knife' rocker.
"I was shocked to discover that news of the stalking was reported in The Sun," Adams added. "I had not consented to this information being made public and I was very annoyed that what I saw as a private issue was being reported without my knowledge or consent."
An online copy of the Dec. 1, 2008 Sun article begins with the headline 'Crazed Mum and Son Stalk Bryan Adams.'
Adams says after making the call he didn't discuss the incident with "anyone other than the police and my personal assistant." The musician also stated if information "of this sort is to be released, it should be done so for proper public interest reasons, not to satisfy a desire for gossip." He also believes publicizing such an incident could result in the "risk of copycat crime."
Adams has made no mention of the statement on his Twitter account or his official site. The musician recently released the new song 'Don't Look Back' via Twitter and has a string of European dates lined up in March. An extensive Canadian tour is set to start in April, his first "Coast to Coast" trek of the country in 20 years.