Susan Sarandon claims she was denied security clearance to the White House
Susan Sarandon recently revealed that she was denied security clearance to the White House and that the government may have tapped her phone.
The actress spoke at a documentary panel alongside "Fahrenheit 911" director Michael Moore at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22.
"I know my phone was tapped," Sarandon said, according to the Daily Beast when asked a question from an audience member. "I was denied a security clearance to go to the White House and I don't know why. Do you know why?"
Sarandon said she learned of the phone taps from information she received from two Freedom of Information Act requests. Moore made mention of the British phone-hacking scandal from last year. News of the World, a UK tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., shut down earlier in July 2011 after 168 years amid allegations that its journalists hacked into cell phones of celebrities and a teenage murder victim.
"I'll make a prediction about the phone hacking thing and Murdoch," Moore said, according to the Daily Beast report. "It's going to be discovered that it's been going on here."
Murdoch has said in the past the allegations regarding News of the World were "deplorable and unacceptable." He testified at a British parliamentary committee in July 2011 and defended News Corp.
Sarandon is known for her liberal political views and activism, including opposing the invasion of Iraq and support of LGBT rights. She was also named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1999. The 65-year-old actress made headlines in October 2011 when she described Pope Benedict XVI as a "Nazi."
Sarandon recently appeared in the indie movie "Jeff, Who Lives At Home." She will next appear as Adam Sandler's character's lover and Andy Samberg's character's mother in the comedy 'I Hate You, Dad,' which is set for release on June 15, 2012. Sarandon has also been cast in the sci-fi movie 'Cloud Atlas,' which stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.
The actress has a recurring role on the new season of "The Big C" on Showtime. Sarandon plays Joy, a cancer survivor who uses her experience to motivate and inspire others. In the show, she pushes the main character, Cathy, to question her own cancer experience and how she chooses to cope with the disease.