Hugh Grant wins hacking scandal victory

British actor Hugh Grant outside the Houses of Parliament in London, where a debate was being held into the allegations of phone hacking by journalists on July 6, 2011. Grant has been an outspoken critic of the practice. AP Photo/Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

British actor Hugh Grant outside the Houses of Parliament in London, July 6, 2011.
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(CBS) Actor Hugh Grant, who has turned the UK hacking scandal into a personal battle, was vindicated in a way on Wednesday.

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Judge Geoffrey Vos ordered police to hand over information which could show that phone messages between Grant and former gal pal Jemima Khan were intercepted by a private investigator working for a newspaper.

The ruling was handed down after a 20-minute hearing at a London court. According to BBC News, neither Grant nor Khan were present. The Metropolitan Police did not oppose the order.

Grant's belief that he was hacked led him to conduct his own investigation and describe the results in an article published in April in New Statesman magazine .

Several high-profile figures, including actor Jude Law, are seeking damages from the News Group Newspapers, publishers of the now defunct News of the World. Several others, including actress Sienna Miller, have settled out of court.

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