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Hugh Grant awarded damages in phone hacking case

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Dec 21, 2012 | 1:00pm EST

The Notting Hill star was one of the leading celebrity campaigners against press intrusion after Murdoch's now-defunct newspaper, the News of the World, was hit by allegations a private investigator illegally intercepted voicemails for the publication in 2011.

A number of victims, including Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Welsh singer Charlotte Church, received damages from the firm, and in September (12), Grant filed his own claim at London's High Court.

And on Friday (21Dec12), he was compensated a "substantial" sum for his pains, according to his lawyer Mark Thomson.

A statement issued to Reuters reads, "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."

Grant will donate the money to media reform group Hacked Off, which advocates for stricter press practices.

In a post on Twitter.com, the actor writes, "Settled hacking suit with NI (News International, News of the World's parent company). 100 per cent of money plus more goes to #HackedOff... Just in time for Christmas, Rupert."

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