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Moment furious Hugh Grant ‘grabs woman’s camera after mistaking waste firm boss for paparazzi as she filmed fly-tipper’


ACTOR Hugh Grant has been involved in a bizarre bust up with a lawyer after she inadvertently filmed him during a rubbish expose.

Four Weddings star Grant, 57, was on holiday with his wife Anna Eberstein, 39, celebrating a belated first year wedding anniversary, when he angrily lost his rag thinking she was a paparazzo.

 A waste executive in Rome trying to film illegal fly-tipping allegedly had a furious row with Hugh Grant

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A waste executive in Rome trying to film illegal fly-tipping allegedly had a furious row with Hugh Grant
 Grant can apparently be heard on the clip rowing with the woman after allegedly mistaking her for paparazzi

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Grant can apparently be heard on the clip rowing with the woman after allegedly mistaking her for paparazzi
 Hugh Grant, 58, with wife Anna Elisabet Eberstein. The actor has been accused of trying to grab a Roman official's phone

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Hugh Grant, 58, with wife Anna Elisabet Eberstein. The actor has been accused of trying to grab a Roman official’s phoneCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Video posted online shows him snatching a cell phone from Luisa Melara the chief of Rome council’s rubbish collection outfit AMA.

She had been secretly filming a restaurant worker as he illegally dumped rubbish in a side street in a breach of council guidelines when Hugh and Anna strayed into the filming.

An irate Grant can be heard saying: ”Don’t put your foot out in front of my wife,” before the filming suddenly ends with muffled talking.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Luisa said: ”I was simply trying to keep them out of the video I was filming. I didn’t recognise him as Hugh Grant at first but then I did. He was very impolite and I told him so.

”There was no need for him to react as he did. I was trying to film the restaurant worker illegally putting rubbish out when they came into view.

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”I put my foot out to warn her that I was filming and that I wanted her to stay out of shot. That’s when they reacted and Hugh snatched my phone out of my hand.

”I immediately snatched it back and he said I was very impolite and I said no you are very impolite. I tried to explain what we were doing but I don’t think he grasped what we were doing.”

A source close to Luisa said: ”Hugh was very angry and it looked as if he was annoyed at being filmed as well. I think he thought they were trying to take pictures of him.”

Anna is a TV producer and retail director from Sweden and the couple have three children together.

They swapped vows in a low-key ceremony on Thursday at Chelsea register office near their £10million West London home in May last year.

The Sun has contacted Grant’s representatives but is awaiting a response.

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But he has tweeted about the incident.

He said: “Sigh. Never remotely thought this person was a pap.

“Or trying to film me or wife. Paps don’t have cell phones. And phone was not pointing at us.

“But she did stick her foot out very rudely in front of my wife who was passing in front of camera.I objected.”

 The waste firm boss was trying to film fly-tipping in Rome when she was confronted by Grant and his wife, it's claimed

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The waste firm boss was trying to film fly-tipping in Rome when she was confronted by Grant and his wife, it’s claimedCredit: Corbis – Getty
 The Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi is trying to crack down on the city's waste problem

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The Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi is trying to crack down on the city’s waste problemCredit: Alamy Live News
 Grant and Anna wed in West London last year in a low-key ceremony

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Grant and Anna wed in West London last year in a low-key ceremonyCredit: Getty – Contributor
 Grant and Anna at the French Open tennis tournament. The couple were in Rome when they allegedly got into a furious row with a waste exec they thought was paparazzi

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Grant and Anna at the French Open tennis tournament. The couple were in Rome when they allegedly got into a furious row with a waste exec they thought was paparazziCredit: Getty – Contributor
 Grant could apparently be heard on the clip demanding the woman move her leg away from his wife

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Grant could apparently be heard on the clip demanding the woman move her leg away from his wifeCredit: Getty Images – Getty
First look at One Red Nose Day and a Wedding starring Hugh Grant


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