Hugh Grant Settles Privacy Suit

Hugh Grant concludes legal battle with The Sun's publisher.

by Nouman Rasool
Hugh Grant Settles Privacy Suit
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Hugh Grant has settled his lawsuit with News Group Newspapers (NGN), publishers of The Sun. But the actor said he was unhappy with the outcome. The case will not go to trial; it had accused the publisher of a host of privacy infringements, including phone tapping and illegal information gathering.

On X, Grant took to the social media platform to outline his frustrations in a series of posts accusing NGN of having offered him a substantial financial settlement while still denying any liability. "They claim total innocence, yet they're ready to pay a large sum to avoid a trial," wrote Grant.

He went on to add that the sizeable possible legal costs of the trial, amounting to around 10 million pounds, also helped tip the balance in favor of settling. This is despite his desire to have the allegations examined in court.

A representative for NGN said the company admitted no liability with the settlement, and said the decision to avoid an expensive trial, at best, was a very pragmatic decision for both parties. A dollar sum was never actually disclosed by any of the parties.

Grant Settles Lawsuit

Grant, who has appeared in films including Notting Hill and Love Actually, has been one of the most vocal critics of press intrusion. He is also on the board at Hacked Off, a campaign group calling for reform of the press in the United Kingdom.

Grant plans to donate the settlement money to this organization and others focused on similar reforms. The legal action arose from the fallout of allegations first made in 2011 during the phone-hacking scandal linked to another NGN title—now-closed News of the World.

NGN had settled cases in the past, including paying out apologies and compensation, from victims of voicemail interceptions carried out by the outlet. In response to the settlement, NGN said it was prepared to consider settling litigation now dated back for more than two decades.

The settlement closed yet another case for the publisher. Grant had previously settled a lawsuit with NGN in 2012 over similar allegations involving News of the World.

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