Mother of Hugh Grant's baby wins injunction

Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:09am EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - The mother of actor Hugh Grant's baby daughter has won an injunction from London's High Court "prohibiting harassment" of her and the child after she said paparazzi had made her life "unbearable."

The injunction comes amid a high-profile British inquiry into media standards, in which Grant is a leading figure, and a phone-hacking scandal in Rupert Murdoch's News Corp media empire.

Chinese actress Tinglan Hong was granted the order last week and details were made public on Friday when the judge, Justice Michael Tugendhat, explained his reasons in a written ruling, the Press Association reported.

Tugendhat said that, while Grant was very well-known, Hong had "never sought any publicity or been known to the public for any reason."

He added that she and Grant, star of films such as "Notting Hill" and "Four Weddings And A Funeral," had done their best to keep private the fact the baby was their child. But Hong had stated that since the birth "her life has become unbearable."

"She cannot leave her home without being followed and there are constantly photographers waiting outside her home," the judge said.

In April, the News of the World published a front-page story entitled "Hugh's Secret Girl," which speculated on whether she was pregnant. After that she was regularly followed and photographed without her consent.