Sued by Hugh Grant, tabloid The Sun will be prosecuted for illegal information gathering
British justice ordered a trial against the tabloid publisher on Friday The sunsued by comedian Hugh Grant for gathering illegal information.
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The trial is to be held in January.
The 62-year-old British actor accuses in particular Sunwhose editor NGN denies any illegal process, having resorted to private detectives.
Judge Timothy Fancourt ruled that lawsuits filed by Hugh Grant should be heard during the trial, except for a portion of those related to phone hacking. The judge believed that the actor should have started the case earlier in this regard.
A similar procedure was initiated by Prince Harry. A decision on whether to hold a trial will be known in the coming months.
In his conclusions, Hugh Grant criticizes Sun “illegal acts”, including “sponsored burglaries, trespassing on private property to obtain information by placing microphones, listening to landlines”, as well as “phone hacking and using private investigators to obtain the whole”.
A spokesman for NGN said the allegations of phone hacking were dismissed, saying the group “strongly denies the allegations of illegal information gathering contained in what remains of Mr Grant”.
Hugh Grant welcomed the judge’s decision, calling it “necessary for the truth to come out” about the activities of Sunstressing that this case “goes much further than the interception of voicemails”.