Hugh Grant on Thursday went into detail about the unbelievable lengths British tabloids went in order to invade his life for a story.
While speaking with Marc Maron on his WTF podcast, the awarding-winning actor said that he had only recently learned of some of the most disturbing details. The news comes to light as British tabloids are under heavy criticism for the treatment of Meghan Markle, who recently told Oprah Winfrey she was suicidal for a time due to all the stress.
Grant shot to superstardom after starring in the 1994 comedy classic, Four Weddings and a Funeral. His privacy would never be the same, he told Maron.
“It wasn’t just my cellphone messages that were being accessed, it was also my home line,” Grant said of the tabloids’ efforts. “For years and years, they were listening.” He continued, “And my medical records [were stolen]. And my car had bugs put into it so they knew where I was.”
Grant said he learned of the treachery from the very private investigators who once worked for the tabloids and who are now helping actors and his group, Hacked Off, combat them.
“They’re so pissed the editors, executives and owners of these newspapers have got away scot-free, while some of these foot soldiers have gone to jail, that they are now coming over to our side and spilling the beans,” Grant said.
Describing the deeds as both “fascinating” and “horrific,” Grant said he finds it “heartwarming” to better understand from firsthand sources. He explained that he has a yearly party with Hacked Off, which some of the investigators who once targeted him attend.
One year, a man who previously broke into Grant’s apartment showed up, the actor said. “And they love to say at these parties, ‘Now, Hugh, I don’t think you’ve met Nobby. He broke into your flat in 1999.’ And I have to go, ‘Hi, Nob. Welcome. Make yourself at home. I think you know where everything is.'”