Judge details Hugh Grant baby injunction

 

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The mother of actor Hugh Grant's baby daughter has told how being hounded by paparazzi made her life "unbearable".

Chinese actress Tinglan Hong has been granted a High Court injunction "prohibiting harassment" of her and the child.

Mr Justice Tugendhat made the order last week, announcing his reasons for doing so in a written ruling today.

The judge said that, while Grant "is very well-known", Ms Hong "has never sought any publicity or been known to the public for any reason".

She and the Four Weddings And A Funeral star "did their best to keep private" the fact that the baby was their child and "do not know how the information reached the public domain".

Ms Hong "states that, since the birth of her child, her life has become unbearable".

The judge added: "She cannot leave her home without being followed and there are constantly photographers waiting outside her home."

In April, the News of the World published a front-page story entitled "Hugh's Secret Girl", which speculated on whether she was pregnant "as in fact she was, albeit in the very early stages".

Since then "she has been followed regularly and photographed without her consent. She has found this distressing at a time when she was pregnant".

The judge also referred to an incident in July when 51-year-old Grant appeared on Question Time and talked about the phone- hacking scandal.

That evening Ms Hong, 32, who was seven months pregnant, "started to receive telephone calls on her mobile and land lines from callers who withheld their numbers".

The judge added: "After first ignoring such calls she did answer one. The person calling said 'Tell Hugh Grant to shut the f*** up'."

Ms Hong was "terrified" and "had no idea how anyone had had her telephone number".

"She has since changed her mobile phone number because of calls and text messages she has received from journalists," said the judge.

Since the birth of her child, she "has not been able to take her daughter outside" and was "unable to look after her daughter in a normal way".

The judge said: "She has had to cancel appointments, including ones for her child. She is frightened to drive with her child because the distraction makes it unsafe."

Mr Justice Tugendhat said he was satisfied that it was "necessary and proportionate to grant the injunction sought".

The order was against XYZ and others - whose identities are unknown - as the "person or persons responsible for taking photographs of the claimants outside their home and in the street during November 2011".

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