2019-10-31 16:15:40 UTC
Hugh Grant has hit back after being criticised for not shaking
Chancellor Sajid Javid's hand at a film premiere.
In an interview with ES Magazine, Mr Javid said he put his hand out to
the Hollywood star and said "lovely to meet you" - but Grant refused to
shake it. "I think that is incredibly rude," said the chancellor.
On Twitter, Grant put across "my side of the story", saying he declined
the handshake because he felt Mr Javid was dismissive to press abuse
Grant, 59, has been one of the leading voices in the campaign for
stricter press regulation, after being one of the victims of the
He said his exact words to Mr Javid were: "If you don't mind, I won't
shake your hand because you were rude and dismissive to the victims of
press abuse when you met them as culture secretary."
"Hugh would like to point out that the victims in question were not
celebrities," the spokesman added. "They were people with personal
family tragedies who had been abused by sections of the press."
In his interview, Mr Javid, 49, said [snip] "I wonder if people like
Hugh Grant think they are part of the elite and they look down on
working class people no matter what station they reach in life."