Rebekah Brooks Testifies at UK Hacking Hearing
Rebekah Brooks, a former newspaper editor and News Corp. executive, told a UK inquiry into press ethics Friday that she had received commiserations from Prime Minister David Cameron when she resigned last summer.
Brooks said the message, along the lines of “keep your head up,” was among a number of “indirect messages” of sympathy that top politicians sent to her.
Brooks resigned as chief executive of News International, the British arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., in July amid public outrage over claims of widespread hacking by staff at its News of the World newspaper.
The government-appointed Leveson Inquiry, set up in response to the accusations of phone hacking by the News of the World, is examining the relationship between Britain’s media and politics.
Questioned over her relations with Cameron, a family friend of her husband’s, Brooks said she had met him “probably three or four times” in the five months leading up to the May 2010 election.