Posted by Shirley Brady on April 13, 2011 05:00 PM
British actor Hugh Grant has waited a long time to turn the tables on the paparazzi, which got him into trouble all those years ago.
Grant recently had the misfortune to break down while driving in his homeland; and the marvelous fortune to hitch a ride with a former staffer of the News of the World.
He unexpectedly got the scoop on the newspaper's wiretapping operation that came to light in 2006. Grant's phone calls, along with those of other celebrities and politicians in the UK, were hacked in a scandal still swirling around the News Corp.-owned tabloid newspaper.
Despite the paper's apology, it's still being sued by Sienna Miller and at least one other victim of the phone hacking, which could cost the Rupert Murdoch-owned media empire "millions" of pounds in compensation, not to mention the loss of credibility in a massive embarrassment for News International.
Grant — a lively writer and able reporter, as it turns out — taped a follow-up conversation in keeping with how his own phone conversations were recorded, and wrote up their chat for rival newspaper The New Statesman. The title: "The Bugger, Bugged."