Hugh Grant: Mail on Sunday Hacked Me
Hugh Grant claims the Mail on Sunday hacked his phone for a 2007 story about his love life. His allegations came during testimony heard by a media ethics inquiry into the British tabloid press, which has been accused of targeting celebrities and other citizens with phone hacking.
It marks the actor’s first charge that a non-Rupert Murdoch newspaper eavesdropped on his voice mail messages. Murdoch’s News of the World folded last July after 168 years in print after its editors and reporters were implicated in a major phone-hacking scandal.
Grant believes that the Mail on Sunday‘s 2007 article about problems in his relationship with Jemima Khan could only have been written if that paper had accessed mysterious “plummy voiced” messages left by a woman the Mail claims was a female studio executive. The actor says there was no such woman, but that he’d been in communication with a producer friend’s assistant.
“She would leave charming, joking messages… and she had a voice that can only be described as plummy,” testified Grant. When asked whether he had hard evidence of hacking, the actor said he didn’t, but added, “I’d love to hear what the Daily Mail or the Sunday Mail‘s explanation of what that source was if it wasn’t phone hacking.”
Grant also alleges that tabloids have breached his security with regard to his apartment and his medical records. What do you think of his recent allegations?