Hugh Grant is among several celebrities and public figures seeking to file charges for phone hacking. Photo/Getty Images
Hugh Grant is reportedly moving forward with a new attempt to prove The Sun used phone-hacking tools to spy on celebrities.
The actor follows Paul Gascoigne and Sienna Miller in their ‘Sun-only’ phone-hacking claims, alleging the British tabloid used phone-hacking tools in the 2000s.
Rupert Murdoch’s diary continues to claim he never did.
Rebekah Brooks was editor of The Sun during the time the actor alleges the phone hack took place. She is the current managing director of Murdoch’s News UK, which has already paid out millions in settlement claims from celebrities such as Gascoigne and Miller.
The settlements mean that the charges brought by the stars against the tabloid have never been heard in court.
“I suspect it’s damage limitation to some degree,” Nathan Sparkes, Hacked Off’s managing director, was quoted by the Guardian as saying.
“In The Sun’s case, it’s most likely because they’re trying to avoid a full-fledged court case in which many other details could emerge that they don’t want to come to light.”
According to the Guardian, Grant’s case puts News UK in an awkward position. The company previously said the illegal activity only took place at News of the World, which closed in 2011.
Phone-hacking claims against The Sun – and subsequent settlements – have so far cost the outlet millions.
Grant isn’t the only one wanting to push new phone hacking allegations.
Others include UK government minister Zac Goldsmith, his mother Lady Annabel Goldsmith, football coach Alan Pardew, former minister Chris Huhne, Spice Girl Mel B, Atomic Kitten’s Liz McClarnon, actors Gillian Anderson and Kate Winslet, boxer Joe Calzaghe and Steps singer Lisa. Scott Lee.
Grant had previously settled a phone hacking case against News of the World in 2012.
However, this new claim is specifically against The Sun.
Prince Harry is also currently the subject of legal proceedings against the Sun.