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 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.
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.
News Corp. faces possible corporate charges related to phone hacking and bribery, prosecutors said during the eight-month trial that led to the conviction of former News of the World editor Andy Coulson.
Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire who controls News Corp., was contacted by Scotland Yard detectives who want to interview him as a suspect in a phone-hacking probe, the Guardian reported, without citing sources.