Hugh Grant Given Rights To View Alleged Phone-Hacking Investigation Papers

Jul 20, 2011, 14:01 by Sarah Long

Hugh Grant was given legal rights to view paperwork gathered by London's Metropolitan police with any evidence that his voice mails were hacked by an investigator for News of the World.

Grant and his ex, Jemima Khan, requested Wednesday that police hand over the documents, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

They said police should disclose information relating to messages allegedly intercepted by private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and used in The News of the World and other newspapers, THR reports.

There is "a clear inference that Mr. Mulcaire may have accessed the claimants' voice mail," their lawyer, David Sherborne, said at a hearing, Bloomberg reports. "They need this information in order to bring proceedings against Mulcaire or News Group," he said, referring to the publisher of The Sun and, formerly, the News of the World.

The High Court Judge ruled in their favor, saying "it is arguably the case that telephone interception and a breach of privacy may have been carried out." He added a test case in civil litigation against the media company may go to trial in January, according to Bloomberg.

Grant has been a public critic of News Corp. ever since the phone-hacking case broke.