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US judge considers sending Angelina Jolie stuntwoman's phone hacking lawsuit to UK

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A federal judge in Los Angeles suggested Monday that Great Britain would be the proper place for a Hollywood stuntwoman to pursue a lawsuit against News Corp. and related companies over alleged phone hacking. But after hearing legal arguments, U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald said he would consider it further.

Ex-Murdoch editor Brooks denies having affair with Coulson

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Rebekah Brooks fought back tears at the Old Bailey on Friday as she detailed her "car crash" private life and dysfunctional relationship with fellow editor Andy Coulson as part of her defense against phone-hacking allegations. Taking the stand for the second day, the 45-year-old close friend of Rupert Murdoch and the last three British prime ministers, said she had had periods of "physical intimacy" with Coulson but denied a prosecution charge that they had a six-year affair.

In UK trial, ex-editor Brooks denies knowing about hacking

Former Murdoch executive Rebekah Brooks on Thursday denied knowing anything about phone hacking while editing Britain's News of the World tabloid, as she took the stand for the first time in her trial. Brooks is charged with conspiring in voicemail hacking, conspiring to bribe public officials and two counts of trying to cover up her alleged crimes, although she was cleared Thursday of a fifth charge of approving a payment for a photo of Prince William in a bikini.

Brooks cleared of bribery charge in British hacking trial

Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the News of the World and the Sun tabloids, was found not guilty Thursday of approving a payment to a public official for a photo of Prince William. Brooks, who rose to become chief executive of News International, Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper division, still faces four other charges in the trial, including for phone hacking. After three and a half months of prosecution argument at the Old Bailey court in London, Brooks was due to begin her defence case on Thursday.

Brooks cleared of bribery charge in British hacking trial

Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the News of the World and the Sun tabloids, was found not guilty Thursday of approving a payment to a public official for a photo of Prince William. Brooks, who rose to become chief executive of News International, Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper division, still faces four other charges in the trial, including for phone hacking. After three and a half months of prosecution argument at the Old Bailey court in London, Brooks was due to begin her defence case on Thursday.

Ex-editor Brooks takes stand in British hacking trial

Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the News of the World and the Sun tabloids, gave evidence for the first time in her phone-hacking trial on Thursday after being cleared of one charge of paying for a photo of Prince William in a bikini. The 45-year-old former chief executive of News International, Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper division, still faces four other charges in the long-running trial, including for conspiring to hack phones.

UK phone hacking trial: Rebekah Brooks acquitted on 1 of 5 charges

LONDON - Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted Thursday of one of the five charges she faced over wrongdoing at Rupert Murdoch's British tabloids — an allegation that she bribed an official for a picture of Prince William in a bikini. Judge John Saunders told the jury at Britain's phone hacking trial that there was "no case for Mrs. Brooks to answer" to one charge of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.

Ex-Murdoch UK CEO Brooks acquitted on Prince William picture charge

LONDON (Reuters) - Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers who is on trial for phone-hacking and other charges, was acquitted on Thursday of one charge of authorizing an illegal payment for a picture of Prince William in a bikini. Brooks is still accused of four other offences relating to conspiracy to hack voicemail messages on mobile phones, authorizing illegal payments to public officials and then plotting to hinder a subsequent police investigation. She denies all the charges.

Former UK PM Blair offered to help Murdoch over phone-hacking

By Michael Holden and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Former British prime minister Tony Blair offered to act as a secret adviser to Rupert Murdoch during his media empire's phone-hacking scandal, suggesting the firm follow steps he took to calm public anger over the Iraq war, a London court heard on Wednesday.

Blair 'advised Murdoch executives over hacking crisis'

Former British prime minister Tony Blair advised a key executive in Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire days before she was arrested over phone hacking at the News of the World, a court heard on Wednesday. Blair also offered to be an "unofficial" advisor to Murdoch and his son James at the height of the scandal which led to the closure of the tabloid in July 2011.
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