Hugh’s License to Spill
Actor-turned-spy Hugh Grant turned the tables on the press when he confessed in a recent article how he secretly recorded a conversation with former News Of The World journalist, Paul McMullan, who confessed all about his involvement in the major phone-hacking scandal.
The About A Boy star visited the journalist at his pub, covertly taping their conversation and eliciting juicy gossip, which he later revealed in an article for New Statesman.
Hugh first met Paul last Christmas when the hack offered the star a lift after his car broke down. During their drive Paul admitted to Hugh that he was one of the many celebs being bugged by the British tabloid.
Wanting to find out more Hugh admits, “It occurred to me just to interview him straight, as he has been a whistleblower. But then I thought I might possibly get more, and it might be more fun, if I secretly taped him, The b*gger b*gged.”
During the interview Paul accused the newspaper’s former editor Andy Coulson of being aware of the methods used, and claimed some of the police force had taken back-handers. Referring to celebrity privacy he insisted, “‘I mean, if you don’t like it, you’ve just got to get off the stage.” Supporting the actor, pal Stephen Fry Tweeted, “Sheer class from Hugh.”