Rebekah Brooks and Husband Announce Surrogate Pregnancy Amid Hacking Scandal

Rebekah Brooks - Cheltenham Festival - Day 4 - 2011
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The former News International chief executive - who remains on police bail after being arrested on phone-hacking charges - is expecting a baby girl by surrogate in February.

LONDON - Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks is "overjoyed" that she and her husband are expecting a baby girl by surrogate in February, a spokesman for the couple said Monday.

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Brooks, who was arrested in the summer on suspicion of phone hacking and corruption, remains on police bail as part of a wider police investigation into unlawful voice mail interventions that is still ongoing.

A laptop computer and iPhone found dumped in an underground carpark that are believed to have belonged to Brook's husband, are also still under investigation.

Normally an extremely private executive - who had a reputation for rarely speaking in public despite holding the most senior positions at News International - Brooks has offered up what some may view as a surprising amount of information about the surrogate pregnancy.

The couple have opened up about experiencing five years of infertility. It is understood that the baby girl, due in February, had had a twin who had died in the early stages of the pregnancy. The surrogate mother has not been named.

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"Charlie [Brooks] and Rebekah are overjoyed. While the pregnancy has not been without its difficulties and sadness, Charlie and Rebekah are obviously hoping for a very happy ending to almost five years of trying to conceive themselves," said the couple's spokesman David Wilson.

"Both parents are acutely aware of the infertility problems encountered by many other couples and in the longer term hope to recognize their good fortune by working in some way to help others facing similar challenges."

Brooks is expected to give evidence in the second phase of the Leveson Inquiry, a Judicial review into press standards and ethics which will specifically investigate phone-hacking at the News of The World in its second phase.

However, since she remains part of a criminal investigation in which 13 former News International staff have been arrested, if she were called to give evidence she would have the right not to answer questions that might incriminate her.