Hugh Grant accuses the British tabloid The Sun of ordering burglaries at his home, business and tapping his phones. On Thursday, the actor appeared at the High Court in London where he attended the final day of the trial against newspaper publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN).
As the actor explained to the High Court in London, in 2011 unknown perpetrators broke the door of his London apartment. However, nothing was stolen during the burglary. The next day, The Sun published articles “detailing the interior of the apartment”. The actor emphasized that at the time “he had no evidence that the break-in was carried out on the instructions of any press title”. Only recently, after talking to private detective Gavin Burrows, did he come into possession of information that led him to sue the tabloid publisher.
– My claim relates to unlawful acts committed by The Sun, including commissioning private property break-ins to obtain private information by wiretapping, landline phone tapping and mobile phone hacking, and the use of private investigators to carry out these and more illegal acts, he testified in court, quoted by the Guardian.
Hugh Grant sues The Sun
According to Hugh Grant, in the last decade The Sun also hired private detectives who broke into two properties linked to his film company and his former partner Liz Hurley. According to the actor, these hacks were carried out “with the knowledge and permission of Rebekah Brooks, who at the time was editor-in-chief of The Sun”.
The Brit also accuses tabloid employees of obtaining information about the birth of his first child using “blackmail or bribery”. As he explains, in order to avoid media publicity, his then-partner was admitted to the hospital under a false name, which, however, did not stop the leak of information.
Prince Harry sues the British press
Hugh Grant isn’t the only person allowing NGN lately. A similar step was taken by the British Prince Harry, who also accuses the publishing house of unlawfully collecting information about him. Prince Harry has also filed lawsuits against two other British tabloids – “Daily Mirror” and “Daily Mail” – which in his opinion were also supposed to illegally obtain information about him.
Younger son King Charles III also claims that in the past, representatives of News Group Newspapers had concluded with Royal family “secret agreement” on possible claims by members of the royal family. As part of the settlement, his brother, Prince William was to receive a “very large sum” of money. She also had about spying know Queen Elizabeth II.
Hugh Grant and Prince Harry’s lawsuits against Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers are pending. NGN denies both of these accusations, claiming that similar practices have never taken place at The Sun. Earlier, in 2011, Grant signed a settlement with NGN over a case involving the tapping of his phone. However, this agreement concerned only the activities of the now-defunct News of the World newspaper, not The Sun.
Guardian, Independent, tvn24.pl
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