Privacy Law: Judge explains why he granted injunction to mother of Hugh Grant’s child

Privacy Law: Judge explains why he granted injunction to mother of Hugh Grant’s child

After a “fleeting affair” with Hugh Grant earlier this year, Tinglan Hong, a Chinese actress, gave birth to a baby girl and has since been hounded by paparazzi. She was granted an anti-harassment injunction last Friday 11 November.

Mr Justice Tugendhat today claimed that he granted the injunction because Ms Hong “cannot leave her home without being followed and there are constantly photographers waiting outside her home”.

Ms Hong, who never wanted to be in the limelight, claimed that “since the birth of her child [in September] her life has become unbearable”.

Mr Grant is strongly opposed to the intrusion into celebrities’ lives by the tabloids and is one of 46 alleged victims of phone hacking who will be giving evidence during Mr Justice Leveson’s inquiry into media standards. He is now the face of Hacked Off, a campaign fighting for privacy against the popular press.

Both Ms Hong and her baby daughter, known as KLM since she has not yet been officially named, were claimants in the case.

Mr Justice Tugendhat said: “While Hugh Grant is very well known, the first claimant [Ms Hong] has never sought any publicity or been known to the public for any reason.

“She and Hugh Grant did their best to keep private the fact that the second claimant was their child and do not know how the information reached the public domain.”

The injunction was brought against XYZ, the “person or persons responsible for taking photographs of the claimants outside their home and in the street during November 2011″, since the names of the photographers were not known.

The ruling means that any photographer who attempts to approach Ms Hong or her home will be subject to a fine or possibly imprisonment.

It introduces a 100-yard exclusion zone around her home and prevents photographers from taking pictures of Ms Hong when she is in any private building or in the street.

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