Hugh Grant revealed that he cheated on ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley and had an infamous encounter with a Hollywood sex worker in 1995 because he was in a bad mood after seeing his appearance in his first major American film.
Grant’s arrest during an illegal encounter in a parked car with prostitute Divine Brown made international headlines. The site of Grant’s arrest near Sunset Boulevard remains a stop on some Hollywood tours.
Hugh Grant admits he had a sexual connection with prostitute Divine Brown because he was in a bad mood
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That year, Grant was a breakout star after his turn on the British romantic comedy “Four Weddings and a Funeral”. He told Marc Maron for his “WTF” podcast that he was visiting Los Angeles to see a screening of his new comedy “Nine Months”. But he said he was not happy with what he saw.
“I was just about to start my first Hollywood movie – my timing was perfect,” said Grant with his self-deprecating humor.
“My problem was – this was my first Hollywood movie and I was just about to see it,” Grant said of the movie starring Julianne Moore and Robin Williams.
“The film was supposed to be out a week or two later and I had a bad feeling about it,” Grant continued. “I saw a demonstration. Everyone was brilliant, but I was so cruel that I wasn’t in a good mood. “
Grant admitted he drank too much, much like seeing late director Ken Russell drink lunch during a movie shoot.
“I had a kind of Ken Russell lunch – and one thing led to another,” Grant said. “I don’t know what was going on.”
Grant Brown reportedly paid $ 60 for a sex act, the Daily Mail reported. Upon his arrest, Grant was fined $ 1,000 and sentenced to attend an AIDS education program.
Despite Grant’s concerns about its own performance, “Nine Months” debuted at No. 3 at the US box office, grossing $ 138.5 million worldwide, according to the Daily Mail.
The movie “went pretty well, and that’s all Hollywood cares about,” laughed Grant.
The actor’s career was also not affected by the scandal. Known for his wit and charm, Grant became the film’s heartbreaker and directed a number of successful romantic comedies including Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’ Diary, About a Boy and Love Actually.
But his relationship with Hurley didn’t last. While they were one of the top 90s celebrity couples, they split in 2000 after 13 years. However, they remained friends: he is the godfather of their son.
In recent years, Grant has started exploring a darker side of his charming personality, particularly in the HBO miniseries “The Undoing.” He plays Nicole Kidman’s successful New York doctor husband, accused of murdering his lover. Grant won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a TV Miniseries and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.
During his interview with Maron, Grant also discussed the length of time the British tabloids invaded his life to tell stories.
Grant’s comments come as the tabloids come under heavy criticism for their coverage of Meghan Markle. The Duchess of Sussex recently told Oprah Winfrey that she committed suicide because of the intense media coverage she described as malicious and racist.
In his “WTF” interview, Grant did not respond to Harry and Meghan’s descriptions of their conflicts with the British media. But he said he recently learned some of the most disturbing details of the tactic he used to invade his life.
“Not only were my cell phone messages being accessed, but my private line was also being accessed,” Grant said. “They listened for years. And my medical records (were stolen. And my car had bugs so they knew where I was. “
The tabloid tactics led Grant to found Hacked Off, a campaign for a “free and accountable press.”