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Hugh Grant wins legal victory in U.K. hacking case

Hugh Grant appears in a still from 'Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.' (Universal Studios / Studio Canal / Miramax Film Corp.)

July 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Actor Hugh Grant now has the right to find out if he was a target in the U.K. phone hacking scandal.

A British judge said police have to give Grant information that was allegedly gathered by a private investigator working for the News of the World.

Grant, who says he was told his phone was broken into by the News of the World, has been one of the most prominent celebrity critics of the 168-year-old tabloid, which was shut down earlier this month amid a widening scandal over its misdeeds.

Police declined comment Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this story