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.
Andy Coulson’s lawyer attacked the credibility of prosecution witnesses at the U.K. phone-hacking trial, saying one former reporter at News Corp.’s News of the World listened to Kate Middleton’s voice-mail messages on Valentine’s Day in 2006.
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.
Zara’s celebrity chic helps make its Spanish parent company, Inditex SA, the world’s biggest fashion retailer. Singer Taylor Swift, reality-television personality Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton, Prince William’s wife, have all been spotted wearing the stylish, low-cost brand.