LONDON — Jurors at Britain’s phone-hacking trial were told Wednesday that former prime minister Tony Blair allegedly offered to work as an unofficial adviser to Rupert Murdoch as revelations of illegal phone hacking engulfed the mogul’s media empire.
Prosecutor Andrew Edis read aloud an email sent by Rebekah Brooks, then head of Murdoch’s British newspapers, to Murdoch’s son and deputy James on July 11, 2011.
In it, Brooks says she’s asked Blair for advice and been told: “It will pass. Tough up.”
LONDON — Former U.K. tabloid editor Rebekah Brooks, her husband and four close aides were charged Tuesday over alleged attempts to conceal evidence in Britain’s phone hacking scandal — the first prosecutions since police reopened inquiries 18 months ago into wrongdoing by the country’s scandal-hungry press.
Police investigating Britain¿s phone-hacking scandal swooped down on a number of homes in an early-morning raid and arrested six people Tuesday, including a woman identified in media reports as Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch¿s British newspapers.
At the heart of the phone-hacking scandal threatening Rupert Murdoch's empire, is a woman who's been described as a "tough social climber" with "long flame-red hair." The woman is Rebekah Brooks, head of the British arm of News Corp. Andy McSmith wrote a profile of Brooks for Britain's Independent newspaper, and he talks to Mary Louise Kelly about it.