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Read the star's full written statement to the inquiry detailing alleged press intrusion surrounding the birth of his daughter
The Leveson Inquiry
Witness Statement for Part 1, Module 1
Supplemental Witness statement of Hugh Grant
I, Hugh Grant of C/o Collyer Bristow Llp, 4 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4Df will say as follows:
Documents referred to
This supplementary statement deals with the recent birth of my daughter, and the way some sections of the press have treated Tinglan Hong (her mother) and myself.
For the purposes of this statement, I refer to a small paginated bundle of documents marked "HG2". Where I refer to page numbers in this statement, I am referring to pages in "HG2".
On April 24th (four months into the pregnancy) the News of the World's front page headline was "Hugh's Secret Girl". The story speculated that Tinglan might be pregnant with my child, and the story was »
Hugh Grant's appearance at the Leveson inquiry into tabloid intrusion was a bravura performance. Perhaps that is because it came straight from the heart
Hugh Grant's testimony to the Leveson inquiry, his ferocious denunciation of what he sees as the myths of celebrity hypocrisy and publicity addiction, took me back to the first film I ever reviewed for this paper. It was his romantic comedy Notting Hill, from 1999, starring Julia Roberts as Anna Scott, the impossibly beautiful movie star who comes to London and improbably falls in love with what Joan Collins would call a "civilian", a non-celebrity. This is Will Thacker, the divorced and lovably rumpled bookshop owner, played by Grant himself. One day, perhaps, Notting Hill will be a set text in media studies classes and historians of the hacking scandal will scrutinise Richard Curtis's screenplay line by line. Because it turns out to concern »
- Peter Bradshaw
The tawdry coverage of Hugh Grant's love life may not be unconnected to his campaign against phone hacking
Hugh Grant and a neighbour have had a brief affair and a baby. That's news all around the world. Grant is a film star. His publicist handles the announcement. But Grant is also a leading campaigner against phone hacking, which is where complications ensue.
The Sun, which claims to have broken the story, goes on about the house bought for mum and baby by Grant's cousin. The Mirror charts his new liaison with a 21-year-old jazz singer in Berlin. The Mail turns the new girlfriend into a "burlesque" artist – and unleashes Amanda Platell on the "hypocrisy and tawdry self love" of this "lonely and bitter man" (whose other great sin is "a hatred of the media").
It's all much too much. There's a mother involved here, and a kid who will »
- Peter Preston
As 'unreal woman' becomes the new pariah, let's have more honesty and clarity about body image
"Real", says the Oed, means actually existing, genuine. It's often used to signal a contrast with something unreal, fake or conceptual. Thus real fruit content, real diamonds, real life. Where there's no doubt, we don't use it.
So why the craze for "real women"? There's Amanda Platell in the Daily Mail, proclaiming: "Even the original stick insect Victoria Beckham has jumped on the real woman bandwagon and designed her entire range around feminine curves." And then Alice Fisher and Helen Seamons in the Observer discussing Issa designer Daniella Helayel, whose clothes "are for real women who are, like herself, 'full of curves'."
We may not know what the real woman does or thinks, but we do know she's all about appearance. She' s curvy. But curvy like size 12? Size 16? No one's willing to say. »
4 items from 2011
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