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Rebekah Brooks discusses links to British PM Cameron in phone hacking inquiry

Rebekah Brooks, former CEO of Rupert Murdoch's News International, talked about her relationship with British Prime Minister David Cameron and former prime minister Tony Blair in testimony Friday before the Leveson inquiry.


Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks gives evidence to Britain's media ethics inquiry in central London Friday, May 11, in this image from television.


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Former hotshot editor Rebekah Brooks drew Prime Minister David Cameron closer into Britain's tabloid phone hacking scandal Friday, saying he had offered her some support after the uproar over illegal journalistic practices forced her to quit.

Brooks, who resigned in July as chief executive of News International, Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper division, detailed her close friendships with Cameron, former Prime Minister Tony Blair and their families, in testimony to the country's inquiry into media ethics.

In six hours of questioning, Brooks listed Christmas parties, private dinners and hotel lunches she shared with the country's most powerful political leaders. She also acknowledged that she used her access to lobby the British government over a planned News Corp. takeover deal that would have netted Murdoch's media empire a lucrative satellite broadcaster.

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The 43-year-old, a former editor of two Murdoch tabloids — The Sun and the now-defunct News of The World — has twice been arrested and questioned by police about illegal eavesdropping and obstruction of justice. She has not been charged with any offense, but is currently on bail pending further investigations — so the inquiry lawyer did not question her directly about phone hacking allegations.


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