The phone-hacking scandal at News Corp.’s U.K. newspapers simmered for nearly five years before erupting on the national scene in July 2011 amid the discovery that journalists had hacked the phone of a murdered schoolgirl.
Rebekah Brooks was cast as the chief villain in the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal for three years. Her supporters cheered when she was cleared of all charges after an eight-month trial that pored over her life as a tabloid editor, executive, wife and mistress.
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.
Clive Goodman, the News Corp. royal reporter who served a jail sentence for phone hacking, told a London court that he hacked the phones of Princes William and Harry and Kate Middleton close to 200 times.
Clive Goodman, the News Corp. royal reporter sent to prison for phone hacking, told a London court that his editor, Andy Coulson, offered him a job to “keep silent” about the extent of the practice at the News of the World tabloid.