Hugh Grant settles phone-hacking case

Hugh Grant has settled a phone-hacking case against British newspaper company, Mirror Group Newspapers.In a st...

Posted: Feb. 5, 2018 1:18 PM
Updated: Feb. 5, 2018 10:10 PM

Hugh Grant has settled a phone-hacking case against British newspaper company, Mirror Group Newspapers.

Scroll for more content...

In a statement to CNN, Grant says he will donate the full undisclosed amount of damages to Hacked Off, a free press campaign that formed in 2011 after the UK's News of the World was accused of hacking the phones of politicians and celebrities, including Grant.

This new settlement between Grant and Mirror Group Newspapers, which owns the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People, comes after the company admitted all three newspapers had hacked into his voicemails.

"This litigation has made clear that phone-hacking and other unlawful information-gathering took place on an industrial scale at the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People," Grant said in a statement.

A spokesman for Trinity Mirror plc, owner of Mirror Group Newspapers, said there would be no comment in response to the settlement agreement.

Related: Hugh Grant: British newspapers are like 'mafia families'

In an interview with CNN in 2016, Grant said he found it deplorable that certain publications (which he did not name) "live above the law," using unethical tactics to obtain stories.

"It's hard to explain to Americans because you don't have the same situation here for various historical reasons," he said. "Some newspapers in Britain have become closer to these kind of mafia families. They wield an incredible power. They choose our governments, they choose our prime ministers and they live above the law."

CNN's Simon Cullen contributed to this report.

Article Comments

West Lafayette
Overcast
55° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 55°
Kokomo
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 59°
Rensselaer
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 55°
Fowler
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 55°
Williamsport
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 59°
Crawfordsville
Overcast
56° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 56°
Frankfort
Overcast
61° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 61°
Delphi
Overcast
56° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 56°
Monticello
Overcast
56° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 56°
Logansport
Broken Clouds
57° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 57°
Warm and dry heading into the weekend
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Community Events