Brooks and Coulson face bribery accusations
November 20, 2012
The News Corp. scandal has taken another damaging turn in the U.K.
Two former top editors of The News of the World, Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, will be charged with bribery in the tabloid scandal that led to the closure of the NOTW last year, according to The New York Times.
Brooks had already been charged with perverting the course of justice by covering up evidence in relation to the phone hacking scandal that broke in the summer of 2011.
The accusations throw further doubt on claims that higher-ups at News International, the tabloid's owner, knew nothing of the law breaking that was going on. Brooks and Coulson have long denied any wrongdoing.
Coulson, who served as director of communications for Prime Minister David Cameron after leaving the NOTW, has been hit with two conspiracy charges related to alleged payments for information, including some about the royal family.
Former NOTW royals reporter Clive Goodman was charged along with Coulson, who resigned from his position with Cameron last year when the scandal broke.
Brooks faces a conspiracy charge stemming from allegations that she and another NOTW employee paid a defense ministry official some $160,000 over a seven-year period for information that was used in the paper.
Brooks had been a senior executive at News International but also resigned last summer as the scandal grew.
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