Hacking Trial: 5 Highlights From Months of Testimony — Tabloid Style
THR's London editor summarizes seven months in court, with salacious details fit for Rupert Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World.
This story first appeared in the June 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
1. BROOKS' COULSON AFFAIR!
Former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson -- accused of phone-hacking and illegal payments to officials -- were lovers. Prosecutor Andrew Edis revealed Oct. 31 a nine-year off-and-on affair not to embarrass them, he said, but to show "what Mr. Coulson knew, Ms. Brooks knew, too."
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2. CELEB HACKING VICTIMS!
Testimony revealed hacking targets included Princes William and Harry, William's wife, Kate, Paul McCartney and Jude Law, who appeared in court Jan. 27 and was surprised by the revelation that a family member had sold stories about him to tabloids.
3. TONY BLAIR OFFERED ADVICE!
On Feb. 19, prosecutors referenced a July 2011 email from Brooks to then-boss James Murdoch, days before Brooks was arrested, saying Blair told her he was "available" to her and the Murdochs as an "unofficial adviser" on a "between us" basis. (Former Daily Mirror editor and CNN host Piers Morgan also sent a message to Brooks: "When it rains, it f—ing pours. Grit your teeth and stay strong.")
4. BECKHAM'S $1.6M BOUNTY!
Brooks told the court Feb. 21 that excerpts from U.K. soccer star David Beckham's hotly anticipated autobiography cost The Sun and News of the World more than $1.6 million to publish.
5. MR. BROOKS' SMUT STASH!
Under questioning March 31 about alleged attempts to hide evidence, Brooks' husband, Charlie, said he left bags next to a trash can in his garage to dispose of adult DVDs that police might find in a search: "The DVDs are of an embarrassing nature."