Phone Hacking: Rebekah Brooks Will Be Cleared, Husband Charlie Says (Report)
LONDON -- Rebekah Brooks, ex-CEO of News Corp.'s embattled News International U.K. newspaper arm and longtime Rupert Murdoch ally, will be cleared of all charges relating to phone-hacking, according to her husband Charlie.
Charlie Brooks, himself facing a charge of conspiracy of perverting the court of justice amid the scandal, told The Sunday Times newspaper he is “100 percent confident” she'll be cleared.
In an interview in The Sunday Times printed Sunday and published by News International, Brooks said Rebekah must go through the courts to clear her name.
The duo are scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 26 to face multiple phone-hacking related charges.
Brooks told the Sunday Times journalist Giles Hattersley in a wide-ranging interview, that it was important for the duo to have their day in court because "you'd never be able to clear your name unless it goes through a court."
The regularity with which Brooks and his wife have had to attend court hearings in recent months has resulted in the two becoming “so weathered to it, we hardly bother to talk about it,” he told the newspaper.
He added that his wife may look back on this phase of her life as a catalyst for the second half of her life and regard it as a good thing to have happened.
Brooks also said in the interview that he thought his friendship with British prime minister David Cameron, whom he attended Eton School with, could be resurrected in future years.
The Charlie Brooks interview coincides with the publication later this week of his spy novel, Switch, by Blue Door, an imprint of HarperCollins, the publisher owned by News Corp.