Rebekah Brooks Formally Charged in Phone Hacking Scandal

News Corp. Phone Hacking Charges and Settlements

In 2011, one of the biggest international media industry stories was the phone hacking scandal at the News International U.K. newspaper unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. The past year brought settlements with such celebrities as Hugh Grant and singer/actress Charlotte Church. But it also brought formal charges against former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks, former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and others on charges of hacking. Brooks and others are also accused of conspiring to "pervert the course of justice." Trials are expected to start in the fall of 2013. More fallout will come in the new year from the Leveson Inquiry report that proposed stricter regulation of the British press, which is currently being hotly debated.

UPDATED: Scotland Yard makes official the charges against the long-time ally of Rupert Murdoch who used to run News Corp.'s U.K. newspaper operations.

The London Metropolitan Police, also known as Scotland Yard, on Thursday evening formally charged Rebekah Brooks, the former CEO of News Corp.'s U.K. newspaper business, a spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter

This makes official the charges announced last week against the long-time ally of News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch who used to run News Corp.'s U.K. newspaper operations.

Brooks was charged Thursday evening here and bailed to appear in court in September, the spokesman said.

Brooks is charged with three phone hacking-related charges.

The Crown Prosecution Service late last month announced its decision to formally charge Brooks and Andy Coulson, a former editor of the now-shuttered News of the World tabloid and former communications aide to Prime Minister David Cameron.

The CPS said back then that charges would also be brought against Stuart Kuttner, former managing editor of the News of the World, Ian Edmondson, former news editor, Greg Miskiw another former news editor, Neville Thurlbeck, former chief reporter, James Weatherup, former assistant news editor, and  private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.

 

In a statement, Scotland Yard said: "Further to last week's announcement by the CPS in connection with [the phone hacking investigation] Operation Weeting, the Metropolitan Police Service investigation into the hacking of voice mailboxes, Rebekah Brooks answered bail at Lewisham police station this evening, Thursday 2 August, and was charged...??Ms. Brooks, 44 (27.5.68), unemployed, of Churchill, Oxfordshire was bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 3 September."

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