Actor Hugh Grant has hit out at the tabloid press and the journalists who work for them, and claimed that “the sooner they go out of business the better”, as it will give journalists the chance to go back to “proper” journalism.
Grant has allegedly had his phone hacked but has avoided legal action thus far. Talking on BBC Radio 5 Live, the actor said that the tabloid press is “completely unnecessary” in the film industry, and claims that anyone who has had some kind of success in life “will do anything in the world to avoid talking to a tabloid newspaper”.
Grant, who supports the use of injunctions to protect the details of celebrities’ private lives, told Richard Bacon that if he was to take legal action he wouldn’t be interested in money but would “want an assurance that they [the tabloids] would never mention my name again”.
Appearing on Newsnight last week, Grant said: “All men are naughty. They have always been liable to be naughty. The question then arises if the man is successful or rich, is it automatically in the public domain? I say absolutely not.”
In 1995, the Notting Hill actor hit the headlines for an encounter with prostitute Divine Brown on Sunset Boulevard. The Daily Mail cites an unnamed Newsnight source as saying: “Basically he wishes he could go back in time and slap a super-injunction on Divine.”