Rupert Murdoch Tweets Apology to Hugh Grant

DOWN: Rupert Murdoch

Amid the hacking scandal, the News Corp. mogul steps down from a number of boards overseeing his print newspapers, further distancing himself from the publishing business he once cherished.

The News Corp. head says he regrets a tweet about Grant abandoning his "love child" and apologized to "both parents."

News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch tweeted an apology to actor Hugh Grant after the media mogul once again found himself in hot water thanks to his Twitter habit.

Murdoch suggested on Twitter that the actor had abandoned his "love child" before issuing an apology Thursday.

Murdoch's tweeted: "Hugh Grant states that he is deeply involved in his daughter's life – I accept that, regret tweet on the matter. Apologies to both parents."

The media mogul, whose News Corp. has been embroiled in a British phone hacking scandal, has been at odds with Grant for over a year now, a drama that has played out in the press.

Grant is a leading figure in the calls to stop invasion of privacy by paparazzi and reporters and recently became a director of Hacked Off, a not-for-profit company that campaigns for press reform in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.

He also filed for damages from News Corp.'s U.K. publishing division News International over alleged News of the World phone hacking and has vowed to give any money he wins to helping fellow victims.

Grant, according to reports in The Independent and The Guardian was furious about the tweet questioning his family commitments and is reported to have been considering legal action.

Murdoch's Grant tweet arose after getting entangled in a tweet exchange over a "scumbag celebrity" tweet about British prime minister David Cameron meeting with stars who were pushing for stricter privacy laws.

"Told U.K.'s Cameron receiving scumbag celebrities pushing for even more privacy laws," Murdoch tweeted. "Trust the toffs! Transparency under attack. Bad."

When one Twitter user responded to Murdoch: "Scumbags? And your journalists and executives are what?", Murdoch, 81, replied: "They don't get arrested for indecency on major LA highways! Or abandon love child's."

Murdoch Thursday night sought to clarify his description of "scumbag celebrities" who met the prime minister to talk about press regulation during the Conservative party conference.

"I did not say all celebrities were scumbags. Check my tweet. And apology to any who misunderstood," Murdoch said.

Murdoch has enjoyed a lively reputation since joining Twitter on Jan 1. this year hitting out at politicians both here and in the U.S. and complaining about the state of press regulation in the U.K.