Actress and left-wing activist Susan Sarandon has claimed she was recently denied security clearance for a visit to the White House – and that the government has been tapping her phone.

The Oscar winner, who has vehemently condemned the war in Iraq, made the claims on Sunday during a Q&A session at the Tribeca Film Festival – an 11-day event in New York’s Lower Manhattan.

One audience member asked whether Sarandon, who was answering questions alongside documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, believed she was under surveillance by the government.

‘We know we’re under surveillance,’ Sarandon said: I’ve had my phone tapped.’

She added: ‘I was denied a security clearance to go to the White House and I don’t know why.’ She asked the audience member jokingly: ‘Do you know why?’