London: Actor Hugh Grant accepted undisclosed damages on 26April, from a British newspaper publisher over claims about his relationships with ex girl friends Jemima Khan and Elizabeth Hurley.
Grant sued Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday newspapers, over stories published in February. The publication has issued a formal apology.
One alleged that Grant’s relationship with Khan was destroyed by a flirtation with a film executive. Another claimed he would attend Hurley’s wedding to Indian businessman Arun Nayar and that he had sponsored a chimpanzee at a British zoo as a gift. A third said he resented having to do publicity for his films.
Grant’s lawyer, Simon Smith, said “all of the above allegations and factual assertions are false.”
At the time of the announcement, Grant was not at London’s High Court for the ruling. His agent confirmed that the actor would give the money won in damages to a cancer charity.
In an official statement, a clearly relieved Grant said he had taken legal action because he was tired of the newspapers “publishing almost entirely fictional articles about my private life for their own financial gain.”
The ruling is Grant’s second legal encounter this week. Earlier this week, he was detained by police over allegations that he threw a container of baked beans at a paparazzi photographer. The actor, who courts controversy was arrested on suspicion of assault and released on bail. However, he has not been charged.