Rebakah Brooks ‘faces police questioning’

Police are to question former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks – now News International chief executive – about phone hacking, according to the Guardian.

The paper also reports that she yesterday wrote to MPs clarifying comments made to a select committee seven years ago – remarks that prompted Scotland Yard to bug her phone. Police found no evidence that she had committed any offence.

As editor in 2003, she admitted that NoW had “paid the police for information in the past”. Her then deputy editor, Andy Coulson, added that the paper only did so when it was in the public interest.

Asked to expand on her comments in the wake of NoW‘s apology to victims of phone hacking, Brooks said that at the time she was responding “to a specific line of questioning on how newspapers get information.

“My intention was simply to comment generally on the widely-held belief that payments had been made in the past to police officers.

“If, in doing so, I gave the impression that I had knowledge of any specific cases, I can assure you that this was not my intention.”

Meanwhile, the Times reports nine more people have received written apologies from the NoW, including comedian Steve Coogan, MP George Galloway, ex-footballer Paul Gasgoine and actress Leslie Ash.

The others include the jockey Keiren Fallon, former FA executive David Davies, former model Elle Macpherson, her PA Mary-Ellen Field and actor Jude Law’s PA Ben Jackson.

Elsewhere, the London Evening Standard claims that a fourth person – Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) lawyer John Hewison – has settled out of court with NoW over phone hacking in the past. The others, previously reported, are Max Clifford, PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor, and Jo Armstrong, a legal advisor to Taylor.

(Sources: MediaGuardian, The Times, London Evening Standard)

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