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Leveson Inquiry: Hugh Grant Bleat, Milly Dowler’s Parents Suffer And Mark Lewis Asks The Key Question

by | 22nd, November 2011

MILLY Dowling’s parents and Hugh Grant have been giving testimony at the Leveson Inquiry into press standards. The news is on the front pages of the:

Daily Star : “Day We Thought Milly Was Alive Parents of missing schoolgirl reveal phone-hacking torment”
Daily Mirror : “After desperately praying for their missing daughter Milly, her mum finally got a breakthrough that convinced her she was safe. She turned to husband Bob and exclaimed ‘She Is Alive!”‘
Independent : “She picked up her voicemails, Bob. She is alive!”
Daily Telegraph : “‘Bob, she’s alive.’mother’s false hope after Milly’s phone hacked”

Other papers focus on the celebrity. The tabloid’s winning mantra ‘If it bleeds it leads’ is overshot by the lust for celebrity news.

The Times : “A celebrity’s story: Grant accuses Mail on Sunday of phone hacking”

The Guardian : “Grant’s stand: ‘If these are straight balls I’d hate to see your googlies’”

Hugh Grant may have been a victim of the phone hackers, but does anyone really sympathise with the rich star? We are more interested in Grant’s sex life than his testimony? If the actor revealed a titbit of news on his private life, that would take precedence over his words on press standards. Grant’s story lacks all the pain of the Dowlings experiences at the hands of the News of The World’s spooks. Their daughter, Milly Dowling , was the victim of a crime. The paper interfered with an ongoing investigation an investigation carried out in climate of press and police collusion . Why was Dowling spied on? Why did the police not know and if they did know, why did they not stop it? Who trained the tabloid spies?

Milly Dowler was 13 when she was abducted and murdered by Levi Bellfield. The killer also murdered Marsha McDonnell and Amelie Delagrange. He’s now in jail answering to the name Mohammed. Her parent’s story is unbearable. Rupert Murdoch apologised for hier title’s tole in their suffering. The Dowlings were gracious enough to accept it.

The Mirror rounds-up Grant’s appearance:

But he told the inquiry: “I don’t have a good name. I’m the man who was arrested with a prostitute and the film (Four Weddings) still made lots of money.” Grant had angry exchanges with Robert Jay, QC, counsel to the inquiry, who repeatedly said he could not back up claims that newspapers had bent rules or broken laws to write about him. At one point Grant said: “You told me backstage you would bowl me straight balls. If these are straight balls I’d hate to see your googlies.” The actor insisted he was in favour of a free press and claimed: “It’s fine to hate me. It’s been extremely fashionable for a long time and that’s what I expect in this country.”

Grant was rejecting tabloid defence that celebrities deserved to have their sex lives exposed because they were trading on false images of themselves. But Grant goes further. He presents himself as the eternal victim of a spiteful nation envious of his success.

The Guardian reports his accusation against the Mail on Sunday :

Grant also referred to a report in the Mail on Sunday in February 2007, which said

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