Actor Hugh Grant will donate his damages to pressure group
'Hacked Off'. REUTERS/Andrew Winning
British actor Hugh Grant has accepted a "substantial sum"
after settling his phone-hacking damages action against the
publishers of the now defunct News of the World, his lawyer
The actor, a strident critic of Britain's tabloid newspaper
culture, will donate the money to 'Hacked Off', a pressure
group that helped bring about a public inquiry into press
"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," the actor's lawyer said in a statement.
Grant, who gave evidence to the Leveson inquiry into British
press conduct in November 2011, was one of several
high-profile figures who launched legal action against the
British arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
"Settled hacking suit with NI (News International). 100 % of
money plus more goes to #HackedOff coffers. Just in time for
Christmas, Rupert," Grant tweeted on Friday.