Rocker Bryan Adams was "very annoyed" and "shocked" after news of his stalker hell was leaked to a British tabloid.
The singer has given evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into media standards and ethics in the U.K., describing his concern after his personal experience with a stalker hit headlines in 2008.
In a written statement, submitted this week (beg27Feb12), Adams tells how he turned to police after a male Romanian fan and his mother began harassing the singer at his London home.
Adams insists he did not discuss the incident with anyone other than his personal assistant, and suggests cops were responsible for handing the information to British newspaper The Sun.
He writes, "I was shocked to discover that news of the stalking was reported in The Sun... 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.
"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 concludes by arguing that "victims of crime" should be "entitled to confidentiality".
He adds, "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. There should be a proper procedure so that the rights of victims of crime can be balanced against the public interest and any decision to release information can then be justified later."
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