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Thursday, 4 April, 2002, 19:36 GMT 20:36 UK
Liz Hurley gives birth to boy
Liz Hurley
Liz Hurley announced her pregnancy in November
Actress Elizabeth Hurley has given birth to a baby boy, it has been confirmed.

The baby, born at 1222 BST on Thursday, has been named Damian Charles.

Hurley's spokesman said both mother and child are "happy and healthy".

Hours after the birth, a man was arrested and charged with harassing the actress, Scotland Yard said.
Hugh Grant has said he will not be the baby's godfather
Hugh Grant says he will not be godfather

Since announcing her pregnancy the former Estee Lauder model has been involved in a very public argument with TV producer Stephen Bing, whom she says is the father.

The 36-year-old says she fell pregnant while they were in an "exclusive" relationship, but he told newspapers he did not believe he was the father.

At the time she said she was shocked at Bing's claims about their 18-month relationship and said she was "deeply distraught" at the implication she had other lovers.

Bing was reported as saying it was Hurley's "choice to be a single mother", earning him stinging criticism from the UK press.

Child support

The millionaire was dubbed "Bing Laden" over his perceived treatment of Hurley.

It is not yet known whether he will demand a paternity test, although Hurley believes it will not be necessary.

Under Californian law, if Damian Charles is his, the child would be entitled to a substantial portion of his fortune.

Hurley would also be due millions of dollars in child support until her son is at least 18 years old.
Liz Hurley outside her London home
Hurley has argued with Bing

Her former boyfriend Hugh Grant promised to stick by her throughout her pregnancy and has been pictured with her in both London and the US.

But the Notting Hill actor denied he would be the baby's godfather.

The pair split in May 2000 after 13 years together but have remained good friends.

See also:

04 Dec 01 | Showbiz
Hurley's ex unsure over baby
04 Apr 02 | Showbiz
Liz Hurley: Life in the spotlight
08 Nov 01 | Showbiz
Liz Hurley expecting baby
09 Nov 01 | Showbiz
Grant visits pregnant Hurley
28 Jun 00 | Entertainment
Hurley breaks split silence
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