Grant’s Dinner Date Before Baby News Announced

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November 2, 2011 | 12:30pm EST

Actor Hugh Grant took a woman for dinner at a plush restaurant in Berlin, Germany just hours before confirming he’s become a father.
The Notting Hill star issued a statement on Tuesday announcing he has a one-month old daughter following a “fleeting affair” with a woman, who is believed to be former model Tinglan Hong.

The previous evening, Grant was spotted dining at an eaterie in Berlin with a German singer he met recently in London.

German publication Bild reports the woman is Elisa Schmidt, who became friends with the actor when she was working at a recording studio in the U.K. capital.

They were reportedly seen hand-in-hand on a street outside the restaurant after their meal before cosying up in the back of a cab.

Schmidt tells the publication, “We connected and became good friends. But there is nothing more. We are just friends. As he is in Berlin right now, he took me out for dinner, that is all.”

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