News Corp.’s position that phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid was limited to a rogue reporter became “shaky” after the discovery of a 2005 e-mail showed the practice was widespread, Rebekah Brooks, the former head of the company’s U.K. unit, testified today.
Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corp.’s U.K. unit, almost came to tears as she told a London court about the breakdown of her first marriage to actor Ross Kemp and her affair with Andy Coulson.
News Corp. journalists and a private investigator employed by the company’s News of the World tabloid made 6,813 calls targeting 282 voice mails during 2005 and 2006, according to billing data analyzed by police.
Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator jailed in 2007 for intercepting voice-mail messages while working for News Corp.’s defunct News of the World tabloid, sued the company, which had stopped paying his legal fees.
Glenn Mulcaire, the British private detective who hacked celebrities’ voice mails for the News of the World tabloid, was required to reveal by today for the first time the names of the News Corp. employees who directed him.
The British private eye jailed in 2007 for hacking into celebrities’ voice mails for News Corp.’s News of the World tabloid demanded 750,000 pounds ($1.2 million) from the company for information about his activities.