Hugh Grant settles phone hacking claim

Hugh Grant was a phone hacking victim in the News of the World scandal. Photo / File
Hugh Grant was a phone hacking victim in the News of the World scandal. Photo / File

Phone-hacking victim Hugh Grant has accepted a "substantial sum'' after settling his legal claim against the News of the World, his solicitor says.

The British actor will donate the money he receives from News Group Newspapers to the Hacked Off campaign for a free and accountable media, his solicitor, Mark Thomson, said.

"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,'' he said in a statement.

"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.''

- PAA

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