That fateful summer’s day, Rebekah Brooks was at a fertility clinic in London with her cousin, who was to be a surrogate mother for the News Corp. executive after several failed attempts to have a child.
She didn’t know her newspaper had hired a private detective to hack the phone of a teenage murder victim. She entered into an affair with her deputy mostly because her other relationships were going through a “car crash.” She tried to implicate senior company executives in the scandal to protect herself. Her mistakes were due to her youth.
Rebekah Brooks’s assistant told police that she removed seven boxes from News Corp. archives, at the height of the U.K. phone-hacking scandal, as part of a program to reduce the size of the company’s mass filing system.
Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corp.’s U.K. unit, and two other editors oversaw a “rotten state of affairs” at tabloids where voice mails were hacked and illegal payments made to public officials in pursuit of stories, prosecutors said.
A former assistant to Rebekah Brooks, who said she helped run every part of her life, told a London jury she didn’t think her boss or her notebooks would be “of interest” to police at the height of the phone-hacking scandal.
Rebekah Brooks led a conspiracy involving her husband and code words to hide notebooks and computers from police following the discovery that journalists hacked the mobile phone of a missing teenager, prosecutors said.