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Liz Hurley gives birth to boy

Elizabeth Hurley
Elizabeth Hurley  

LONDON, England -- Model and actress Liz Hurley has given birth to a baby boy, her spokeswoman has said.

"Elizabeth Hurley is delighted to announce the birth of her son, Damian Charles," the model's spokeswoman said in a statement on Thursday.

"Both mother and baby are happy and healthy. Damian was born at 12.22pm (11.22 GMT) on 4 April."

Hurley, 36, announced she was pregnant last November naming Hollywood movie producer Steve Bing as the father.

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She began an 18-month relationship with the multi-millionaire playboy soon after splitting from long-term love Hugh Grant, star of Four Weddings and a Funeral.

But the actress and model was stunned when Bing issued a public statement casting doubt on whether the baby was his.

"Ms Hurley and I were not in an exclusive relationship when she became pregnant. It is her choice to be a single mother," he said.

"If indeed I am the father, I will be an extremely involved and responsible parent."

Bing was reported to want a DNA test to prove paternity, which could only be carried out once the baby was born.

But Hurley later expressed hopes that the matter could be resolved without resorting to lawyers.

"Unfortunately, it's all got very silly," she said. "It would be horrible to do anything legal and nasty and I hope it never will come to that. We are both nice people."

Bing, 35, the grandson of a New York real estate magnate, is estimated to be worth about $250 million.

If the baby were proved to be his, Hurley would be entitled to millions of dollars in child support until the child was at least 18.

Hurley has been supported throughout her pregnancy by Grant, with whom she split in 2000.

The pair had remained close since the end of their 13 year relationship and the actor reportedly accompanied her to a pre-natal check-up at St John and St Elizabeth Hospital in St John's Wood, north London.

Hurley told one interviewer that she imagined being an over-protective mother:

"I'm going to be awful. I want a mummy's boy who sits on my knee all day and tell me he loves me."




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