Hugh Grant is going on the offensive against the controversial British tabloid “The Sun.” The paper, owned by Fox News mastermind Ruper Murdoch, has faced hacking claims in the past. Paul Gascoigne and Sienna Miller both claimed that the tabloid hacked their phones in the 2000s. Now, the famed actor is continuing the fight to prove it.

News UK, the Murdoch-headed company that owns The Sun, has paid out millions to settle claims such as those from Miller and Gascoigne. The goal is to keep the allegations from going to trial, where The Sun would be forced to face the evidence against them.

News UK claims the hack was perpetrated by News of the World, which closed down in 2011. The Sun must now defend itself by proving that it didn’t hack phones while also paying out huge sums in settlements to keep the facts out of court. The Sun has taken a huge hit on its already shaky reputation due to the suits. Nathan Sparks of “Hacked Off,” an organization pushing for tougher regulation of the press, told The Guardian what he thinks.

“I suspect it is to some degree damage limitation. In the case of the Sun it is most likely because they are trying to avoid a full-blown court case in which lots of other details could emerge, which they don’t want coming up.”

The company has tried to make it more difficult to make such hacking claims. There could be as many as thousands of potential victims in addition to Hugh Grant. Grant’s previous claims against News of the World do not preclude him from also going after The Sun.

News UK has not commented on the ongoing legal battle. Hugh Grant is hoping to act as a privacy advocate as he continues to pursue every legal avenue regarding the alleged phone hacks. Time will tell if he gets his day in court.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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