EX-NEWS INTERNATIONAL CHIEF DEFIANT AFTER BEING CRIMINALLY CHARGED
The former head of News International, the umbrella group for News Corp’s British newspapers, lashed out at authorities on Tuesday after she was formally charged with perverting the course of justice by allegedly attempting to conceal information about telephone hacking and bribing police and other public officials by reporters and editors working for NI’s News of the World and The Sun. The charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison. Speaking to reporters in London on Tuesday, Rebekah Brooks said, “I am baffled by the decision to charge me today. However, more importantly, I cannot express my anger enough that those closest to me have been dragged into this unfairly.” (Brooks’s husband Charlie and four others were also criminally charged on Tuesday.) But Brooks seemed to predict that nothing would come of the prosecution. “One day the details of this case will emerge and people will see today as nothing more than an expensive sideshow, a waste of public money as a result of an unjust and weak decision,” she said. Standing next to her, Charlie Brooks called the prosecution “a witch hunt” and questioned whether those charged would be able to receive a fair trail given the “biased commentary” by the news media.