The actress mother of Hugh Grant’s baby daughter has been granted a court order banning members of the paparazzi from harassing her after complaining her life had become “unbearable”.
The Notting Hill star was revealed to have become a first-time father in October (2011) following a brief fling with a woman, believed to have been little-known Chinese model/actress Tinglan Hong, earlier this year.
Hong has now confirmed she is the mother of Grant’s baby after filing a request for an injunction at London’s High Court.
In her legal papers, she claimed she was constantly being hounded by photographers and revealed the media scrutiny had intensified since a front page article ran in the now-defunct British tabloid News of the World, identifying her as “Hugh’s Secret Girl” and speculating on whether she was pregnant.
Hong alleged she had been “unable to look after her daughter in a normal way” as a result of the constant paparazzi presence.
She also claimed that she had become the victim of threatening phone messages from mystery callers after Grant appeared on UK TV, and spoke out about the News of the World phone hacking scandal, in which he is said to have been targeted.
Grant has been named a “core participant” in the investigation, which prompted media mogul Rupert Murdoch to shut down the Sunday publication this summer (2011) after it was discovered a private investigator working for the tabloid had illegally gleaned information about headline-grabbing stories from private phone conversations and voicemails from celebrities and politicians.
Judge Michael Tugendhat approved Hong’s protective order “prohibiting harassment” last week and his decision was made public on Friday (18 November).
In his written ruling, Tugendhat states that although Grant is famous, Hong has “never sought any publicity or been known to the public for any reason”.