Tuesday 18 September 2018

Hugh Grant wins phone-hacking damages from Mirror newspapers

It is understood the settlement involves payment of a six-figure sum, which the actor has donated to the campaigning group Hacked Off.

Hugh Grant and Crimewatch presenter Jacqui Hames (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Hugh Grant and Crimewatch presenter Jacqui Hames (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

By Cathy Gordon and Sian Harrison, Press Association

Actor Hugh Grant has settled his phone-hacking damages claim against Mirror Group Newspapers at the High Court.

The star was at the London court to hear his lawyer give details of the settlement at a hearing before Mr Justice Mann.

It is understood that it involves payment of a six-figure sum, which he has donated to the campaigning group Hacked 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.”

She added: ”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.”

Press Association

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