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PM-Britain-McCartney 02-14 0377
McCartney: Tabloid Story About
Contract To Have Him Killed Is Untrue
LONDON (AP) - Paul McCartney says a story in a London tabloid
about a underworld contract to have him killed isn't true.
But the explanation by McCartney, whose fellow Beatle John
Lennon was slain by a gunman in New York in 1980, of the real
story behind the story in The Sun today was almost as odd.
The Sun quoted unidentified detectives as saying a hitman had
been hired for 100,000 pounds ($153,000) to kill him.
The Sun said two robbers who became police informers told
detectives they had been with a gangster sizing up a London
jewelry store for a heist when McCartney walked from the store.
The gangster told the others he had been hired to kill
McCartney, the paper said. It quoted an unidentified police
source as saying: ``The man said he would be paid a lot of money
and urged the others to do it with him there and then. But they
The informers named the gangster as a man now in police
custody awaiting trial on robbery charges, it said. The paper
said detectives planned to question him about the ``death plot.''
The Sun quoted the source as saying: ``We can think of no
conceivable reason why anybody would want him killed. However,
we are taking this information very seriously because the man
who was hired to do the job is quite capable of carrying it out...
``According to the informants, the hit was ordered about two
years ago. But in the meantime the man being paid to do it was
arrested on another matter.'' The Sun did not specify when it
was all supposed to have happened.
McCartney's version of the story, via an unidentified spokesman
quoted by the British news agency Press Association, was that the
rock star happened to be walking down a street where two men were
plotting to rob a store at gunpoint. One asked him for his
autograph first, before staging the robbery.
The starstruck criminal later boasted to police how he had
managed to get the autograph.
But somehow the story snowballed into a report that a hitman
was hired to kill the ex-Beatle and tried to involve the two
robbers in the plot, the spokesman was quoted as saying.
The Beatles foursome broke up in 1970.
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