Ex-Murdoch CEO Brooks says vindicated by not guilty verdicts
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 00:55
Former News Corp chief Rebekah Brooks says she is innocent and feels vindicated after being found not guilty in the eight-month newspaper hacking trial. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of News Corp.'s British newspaper arm, said on Thursday (June 26) she felt vindicated after being found not guilty this week of hacking phone messages and other crimes while editing Rupert Murdoch's British tabloids.
It was the first time Brooks, 46, has spoken since she was cleared by a jury at London's Old Bailey court of charges relating to phone-hacking, illegal payments to a public official and perverting the course of justice.
"I am innocent of the crimes that I was charged with, and I feel vindicated by the unanimous verdicts," she said.
"I think I'd like to say it's been a time of reflection for me. I've learned some valuable lessons, and hopefully, I'm the wiser for it," she added.
Brooks was supported by her racehorse training husband Charlie, who was also cleared of accusations of trying to thwart the police inquiry.
"Everything, absolutely everything we said, two years ago has proved to be true. Rebekah has been through an unprecedented investigation of an incredibly forensic and personal nature, the likes of which probably we have never seen and I would like to just say how proud I am of Rebekah and of the dignity she has shown," he said standing next to his wife."
The couple were clearly emotional, with Brooks shaking as she addressed the media.
A jury at London's Old Bailey court cleared Brooks unanimously but found Andy Coulson - her former lover and Prime Minister David Cameron's ex-media chief - guilty of conspiring to intercept messages to break news about royalty, celebrities and victims of crime.
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