Hugh Grant Wins U.K. Paparazzi Pledge Not to Pursue Mother of His Baby

2:19 AM PST 07/19/2012 by Georg Szalai
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The high court-endorsed promise could give celebrities some new protections against photographers in Britain.

LONDON - The mother of actor Hugh Grant's baby has won a pledge from a photo agency, made official by an order from the U.K. high court, not to pursue or harass her.

Grant has been waging a legal war to get photographers banned from outside the woman's home, with U.K. media describing the development as his latest success in the campaign. The ruling could also give celebrities some new protections against paparazzi in the U.K., some said.

Grant has also been pushing for other limits on celebrity news and big media companies. He has been vocal in the News Corp. phone hacking scandal and recently suggested that European regulators consider EU-wide media ownership limits.

The Guardian reported that a judge has accepted promises from celebrity photo agency Splash News "not to doorstep, pursue or harass Tinglan Hong or her child with paparazzi photography or place either of them under surveillance or approach within 100 meters of their home."

Last year, Hong told the British high court that her life has become "unbearable" amid a constant pursuit by paparazzi, including one who she claimed caused her to crash her car. She also said that at times as many as 10-plus photographers have camped outside her house.

The court ruled that a previously issued injunction and proceedings against unnamed photographers continue to be in place, according to the Guardian. Last year, the judge had ruled that Grant was a well-known personality used to publicity, but that Hong had never sought such publicity.

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