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Trial Actually - actor Hugh Grant gets his day in court against Murdoch paper

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By Sam TobinLONDON (Reuters) - British actor Hugh Grant's claims that journalists at the Sun used private investigators to tap his phone and burgle his house can proceed to trial, but his allegations about voicemail interception were made too late, London’s High Court ruled on Friday.

Grant, alongside King Charles' son Prince Harry, is suing Rupert Murdoch's News Group Newspapers (NGN) for widespread alleged unlawful information gathering that he says was committed on behalf of its tabloid, the Sun.

Judge Timothy Fancourt said in a written ruling on Friday that Grant's allegations of voicemail interception – widely known as "phone-hacking" – were outside a six-year time limit for legal action.

But the judge said the question of whether Grant's allegations of "landline tapping, bugging, blagging, burglary and instructions to private investigators to do any of those things" were brought too late must be determined at a trial due to take place in January 2024.

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