Entertainment Hugh Grant settles phone-hacking legal action

Hugh Grant settles phone-hacking legal action

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Actor Hugh Grant, at the premiere of Paddington 2, has settled his claim of phone hacking against Mirror Group Newspapers.
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Hugh Grant has settled his phone-hacking damages action against Mirror Group Newspapers in the High Court.

Grant, the 57-year-old star of Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary, was at the London court on Monday to hear his lawyer give details of the hacking settlement at a hearing before Justice Mann.

It is understood that it involves payment of a six-figure damages sum, which he has donated to the press reform campaigning group, Hack Off.

Anjlee Saigol, of Taylor Hampton Solicitors, told the judge: “Mr Grant brought this action in relation to alleged illegal misuses of his private information, obtained by hacking into his voicemails, as well as blagging and surveillance, committed by MGN’s journalists at all three of its newspapers over, as MGN now accepts, many years.”

“Although Mr Grant now has some clarity as to the extent of MGN’s unlawful activities in relation to him, one of his principal reasons for pursuing this case was to uncover and establish the wider truth about MGN’s investigations into, and knowledge of, its unlawful activities before it finally admitted these practices in September 2014.”

– with AAP