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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