Hugh Grant Calls Prostitute Arrest A 'Hiccup'
Hugh Grant deems his infamous 1995 arrest as a bit of a "hiccup".
Grant was riding high on the success of 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral when he was arrested in June 1995 for lewd conduct in a public place in Hollywood after he was caught in the middle of a sex act with prostitute Divine Brown.
The actor was candid about the fraught period which happened as he was about to embark on a promotional tour for 1995 movie Nine Months, prompting a frenzy of media attention. The actor, who did not attend court, was ordered to pay a fine of $1,180 (£904) and go on an AIDS education programme.
"Yeah, it was a hiccup," Grant explained in a new interview with CBS News. "I was very naughty... I was very drunk. And yeah, it was regrettable."
Now some 21 years later, the 55-year-old concedes the interest in the incident was justified, taking into account his fame and "absurd" onscreen persona at the time.
"Yeah. It (the media coverage) was entirely to be expected, that there would be a huge hullabaloo about that, particularly given this rather absurd persona that I had been given about who I was on the back of 'Four Weddings."
"People thought I was this nice character I played in that film. And so I suppose the contrast between that person and this seedy behaviour was juicy stuff. And I quite understand why it was a big story."
Luckily for Grant, who is currently starring opposite Meryl Streep in film Florence Foster Jenkins, his career didn't suffer at all.
"Because as you know, as well as anyone, Hollywood only minds about money. And that film did fine, the film that was coming out at the time. And yeah, that's all that really matters: As long as you make them money, they don't care what you get up to," he shrugged.