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Hugh Grant Weighs In On News Of The World Slain Teen Scandal

News Of The World Scandal

First Posted: 07/06/11 03:36 PM ET Updated: 09/05/11 06:12 AM ET

This morning CBS's Early Show got a new perspective on the British tabloid News of the World's alleged hacking into the phone missing teenager Milly Dowler, who was later found dead.

"The same tabloid has admitted breaking into the voice-mails of a long list of celebrities including actor Hugh Grant," says CBS. The public outrage caused by the case of Milly Dowler, though, appears to be what it’s going to take for tabloids like News of the World to "clean up their act."

Grant appeared on the Early Show this morning to comment on the Dowler case. "This is the watershed moment," he said, "when finally the public start to see and feel, above all, just how low and how disgusting this particular newspaper's methods were, and what will emerge shortly is that it wasn't just this newspaper; it was pretty much all our British tabloids".

In fact, Grant continues, "I bugged back a man from the News of the World who had phone hacked me. I went and pretended I was having an innocent conversation with him in a pub and I bugged him and I got him talking about the whole thing, […] which I wrote up in an article".

"This has gone from being a story about intrusion into celebrities' privacy to being [...] about the intrusion into the tragic death of a young girl," CBS said of the Dowler case.

The tabloid has not only been accused of listening to the teenager's voice-mail while she was missing but deleting messages. "The family was given false hope that she was still alive." What's more, there is now a question of paying the police for information.

“This started as a scandal about celebrities [...] being spied on through their voice-mail accounts, but it is the tampering with the account of a then missing 13-year-old Milly Dowler that has fired a sense of national outrage," CBS reported.

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