Actor Hugh Grant and former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott attended a dinner to honor Nick Davies, the Guardian newspaper reporter who in July 2009 broke the first story that phone hacking at News Corp.’s News of the World newspaper might extend beyond a “rogue” reporter.
British actor Hugh Grant, the star of the romantic comedy “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” sued London’s Metropolitan Police, two months after he said he taped a former tabloid journalist saying phone hacking was widespread.
Hugh Grant, the British actor who told a media-ethics inquiry the press had become “toxic” in its pursuit of celebrity gossip, sued News Corp.’s U.K. unit over claims its News of the World tabloid hacked his phone.
News Corp.’s News of the World tabloid hacked into a priest’s voice-mail messages to get scoops about British pop star Charlotte Church and her family, according to a witness statement described in court.
News Corp.’s British publishing unit won a court ruling to avoid giving victims of its tabloid phone- hacking scandal swathes of new internal e-mail and other evidence ahead of a civil trial scheduled to start next year.
News Corp.’s U.K. unit was sued by a Welsh priest whose mobile-phone voice mail was intercepted by the News of the World tabloid to get scoops about one of his parishioners, the British pop star Charlotte Church.