Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corp.’s U.K. unit, approved payments to a Ministry of Defence employee for a series of stories, including the death of Prince William’s commanding officer in Afghanistan, prosecutors said.
Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive officer of News Corp.’s U.K. unit, told a friend of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron at a party that she wasn’t sure if Andy Coulson could “survive” the scandal over phone hacking at News Corp.’s News of the World tabloid.
Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive officer of News Corp.’s U.K. unit, had a “discreet” meeting with Andy Coulson days before he stepped down as prime minister David Cameron’s director of communications, prosecutors said.
A journalist at News Corp.’s News of the World told Andy Coulson, the tabloid’s editor, to halt payments of 2,000 pounds ($3,200) a week to an investigator who was employed to intercept voice-mail messages for stories.
Andy Coulson, the former editor of the News of the World, was told by a reporter at the News Corp. tabloid in an e-mail that a story had been “scammed” from an aide to the royal family’s voice mail, prosecutors said.
Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, former editors of News Corp.’s U.K. tabloids, oversaw a decade of phone hacking and bribery at the two newspapers during a secret professional and personal relationship, prosecutors said.
The phone of Angelina Jolie’s stunt double was hacked by a private investigator at News Corp.’s U.K. unit while she was living with the actress in Los Angeles, prosecutors said during the third week of a London trial.