Monday 21 April 2014

Hugh Grant accepts 'substantial sum' as he settles legal claim against News of the World

PHONE-hacking victim Hugh Grant has accepted a "substantial sum" after settling his legal claim against the News of the World, his solicitor said today.

The British actor will donate the money he receives from News Group Newspapers to the Hacked Off campaign for a free and accountable media, his solicitor, Mark Thomson, said.

"Hugh Grant has today settled his claims for damages and other legal remedies arising out of the unlawful activities of News of the World journalists and others over a number of years," he said in a statement.

"News Group Newspapers have agreed to pay him a substantial sum by way of damages.

"He has instructed us to donate all of his damages plus an additional payment from him to the Hacked Off campaign for a free and accountable media. This will be done as soon as payment is received.

"A statement in open court will be made shortly in the new year."

Press Association

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