After over a year of testimonies, actor Hugh Grant has been awarded damages for settling his claim against the News of the World regarding charges of phone hacking, The Guardian reported Friday. The Cloud Atlas star has been one of the highest profile critics of Rupert Murdoch’s organization since he received information that his personal phone had been hacked.
When reached by EW, Grant’s solicitor Mark Thomson issued the following statement, but would not comment on the settlement amount:
Hugh Grant has today settled his claims for damages and other legal remedies arising out of the unlawful activities of News of the World journalists and others over a number of years. News Group Newspapers have agreed to pay him a substantial sum by way of damages. He has instructed us to donate all of his damages plus an additional payment from him to the Hacked Off Campaign for a free and accountable media. This will be done as soon as payment is received. A statement in open court will be made shortly in the new year.
According to The Guardian, Grant was one of 178 people suing News International (News of the World’s publisher), and is one of about 20 who have settled their claims out of court (including Anna Karenina actor Jude Law).
Last July, Grant spoke to EW about his involvement in the case:
I was told I was hacked, originally about six years ago. And the police did nothing about it. Then I had this extraordinary encounter with a News of the World journalist, when my car broke down. When he started boasting about how they’d been tapping my phone and everyone’s phone, and what a close relationship they’d enjoyed with the police and the government, I was so appalled that I did go back a few months later and I got him doing it again over a few drinks. That created quite a big stir.