Phone Hacking Hugh Grant – Phone hacking celebrities such as Hugh Grant will testify at the Leveso Inquiry. Other victims include Steve Coogan, Sienna Miller, Charlotte ChurchÂ and J.K. Rowling.
They will be questioned under oath, and are expected to give details about the misery and intrusion they have suffered at the hands of the media in general, and News International in particular.
The inquiry will also hear first-hand from less well-known victims of phone-hacking: BobÂ and Sally Dowler, the parents of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, and Gerry McCann, the father of missing toddler Madeline McCann, are likely to give poignant testimony on the impact that newspaper intrusion has had on their lives. All are understood to have been victims of phone-hacking by the now-shuttered News of The World.
Only last week, the Leveson Inquiry heard details of alleged “hounding” and “barrage of threats” endured by the mother of Hugh Grant’s baby daughter, which she said had made her lifeÂ “unbearable.”
Hugh Grant believes he has been targeted by newspapers after speaking out against News International and phone hacking.
The Inquiry will also hear from Steve Coogan, star of the Fox-produced Night at the Museum, who last week launched a blistering attack on Rupert and James Murdoch. Writing in The Guardian, Coogan likened News International to “a protection racket” and scoffed at James Murdoch’s passionate free-market assertion, made in a high profile speech at the Edinburgh TV Festival in 2009, that “the only reliable, durable, and perpetual guarantor of independence is profit.”
As the spotlight on murky newspaper practices falls on News International at the Leveson Inquiry, the company finds itself battling on a separate front as it prepares to face legal claims from victims in a series of six test cases that will be heard in January.
The test cases at the High Court in London are expected to give guidance on the payouts that can be expected by the many thousands of people who are thought to have been victims of scandal.