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Hugh Grant Explains Why He Exposed NOTW Phone Hacking Scandal

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Hugh Grant is one brave guy.

The actor has a close connection with the News of the World phone hacking scandal in that his own phone was hacked by the British newspaper.

Feeling personally violated by NOTW, Hugh explains why he went public in order to expose the scheme:

"The crusade against the people who hacked my phone is just the beginning of it. I don't think I would be on a crusade if it weren't for the fact that … they were winked at by the police, and winked at by our government.

It couldn't bother me less. I don't do much acting anymore anyway, and not to work for 20th Century Fox is really the least of my worries."

Hugh was especially outraged when it was discovered that the paper hacked into the voice mail of a murdered girl and deleted messages on her phone. Hugh says, "that's when the whole nation rose up in revulsion." He adds:

"There's a culture of pure evil and … very seldom you see it, its black back breaks the surface of life, and one of those examples is the British tabloid press.

It goes very, very deep, a kind of atavistic rage, and that's how I felt. And pretty much everyone I've spoken to who's been hacked feels really deeply outraged and really determined to get vengeance.

The moment my position is not to take legal action, because my motive in this is not money," he says. "My motive is exposing this scandal, and in some ways I feel my voice is better heard if I'm completely clean of any financial motivation."

Way to go, Hugh! Super awesome and courageous of you to speak out against such a huge paper as NOTW. We doubt this will hurt your career one bit.

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13 comments to “Hugh Grant Explains Why He Exposed NOTW Phone Hacking Scandal”

  1. 1

    You try to sound like the moral compass in your judgmental stance when you're no better than the NOTW. You post naked pics of people that are stolen from computers. You're just as bad, if not worse scum of the earth

  2. 2

    To hack into that young girl's phone and delete the messages was just wrong! News of the World derserved to be eliminated. While they did do a lot of pretty interesting reports–catching Sarah Ferguson selling out Prince Andrew comes to mind–this phone hacking is totally wrong. Good on Hugh for handing the smoking gun to the authorities!

  3. 3

    Re: madone13 – Wow, I'm guessing you don't have much of an education because any person with intelligence knows that hacking into phones and deleting phone messages of a dead person is illegal. Perez would never do that. He simply recycles what is already out there. He doesn't have the resources nor the desire to be scum of the earth. So naff off eh madone13. :)

  4. 4

    Re: eternalcanadian – "He simply recycles whats out there"… SO that's ok is it? Was it ok to post a picture of Miley Cirus's crotch cos it was already "out there"?

    You are just as deluded and fucking sick as him.

  5. 5

    I did make a longer post pointing out PEREZ'S HYPOCRISY on the matter but it was deleted. it obviously touched a nerve. Perez IS the gutter Perez, he is as bad as any british tabloid. Anyone that cannot see that is fucking delsuional. We won't for get the lies and lives that Perez has tried to smear and ruin over the years.

  6. 6

    I'm surprised it was him of all people to reveal the story. What this newspaper did was absolutely vile and dispicable. hacking into the phones of dead soldiers and 9/11 victims and giving that girl's family false hope. They crossed the fucking line. Don't people have any moral dignity? My prediction: they're gonna get off scott free. If the police turned a blind eye to what they were doing before, its bound to happen again.

  7. 7

    Re: xobrooky – I agree with you. I had no idea they had gone that far. NOTW definitely crossed the line here and unfortunately they will likely get off with a slap on the wrist. The question is, what have the other tabloids done? NOTW got caught, but that doesn't mean they were the only one's to do things like this. I'm sure there are other's that have stooped just as low and have just never been caught.

    On a side note, I am unfamiliar with how outspoken the Royals are, and wonder if any of them will step in and make sure the tabloids are held accountable. Do they have power anymore or are they just figureheads? They must be sick of all the attention the tabloids give them.

  8. 8

    Stands up and claps. Bravo Mr Grant!! Kudo's for sticking to your guns and feeling properly outrages AND for not taking the cash and running. BTW, too bad you're not acting anymore — it is our loss for certain.

  9. 9

    Re: madone13 – Wow, you've got issues mate. Way to stay on topic!

  10. 10

    but he actually needs to take them to court for financial reasons. that's the only way those people pay for their crimes. even if they go to jail they'll get out later on back into their wealthy lifestyle. he really needs to take them to court, take everything they have, and maybe give it to some charity, hiv research, end of slavery in china…. there are many ways the money from the evil can be used in a good way. taking everything from them is not revenge, it's just plain justice.

  11. 11

    Well said Hugh! And a big thanks!

  12. 12

    He was MARVELOUS on Question Time. By the end I wanted him for PM AND to father my children! It was jaw dropping TV.

  13. 13

    Destroy the evil kingpin Rupert Murdoch!
    Fox News is only one of his outllets destroying the U.S.A.