Hugh Grant had a big victory in court today regarding the UK’s phone-hacking scandal. The actor was granted the right to have police turn over to him all evidence that he and his former girlfriend, Jemima Khan’s voice messages were hacked.
As part of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, Hugh requested that all documents containing evidence that his voice mails were hacked by private investigator Glenn Mulcaire be handed over.
According to Bloomberg, Hugh was granted that request today, and his lawyer, David Sherborne, asked that any information pertaining to “the passing of material about the claimants to other newspapers” be turned in as well.
There is “a clear inference that Mr. Mulcaire may have accessed the claimants’ voice mail,” Sherborne said today. “They need this information in order to bring proceedings against Mulcaire or News Group.”
Judge Geoffrey Vos granted the request, saying, “It is arguably the case that telephone interception and a breach of privacy may have been carried out.”
Mulcaire spent six months in prison in 2007 after pleading guilty to intercepting, for Murdoch’s media empire, phone messages of royal aides. He has since apologized.