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Clooney Flick Takes on UK Phone Hacking

Actor will direct adaptation of Nick Davies' 'Hack Attack'

(Newser) - George Clooney will put his stamp on the British phone-hacking scandal, directing an adaptation of Nick Davies' book Hack Attack for Sony. The book is the result of six years of investigation into Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and News of the World, and the flick "has all the... More »

Murdoch Honcho Gets 18 Months

Andy Coulson could be out in 9 months

(Newser) - "No one is above the law," said British Prime Minister David Cameron today in reaction to the sentence handed to former News of the World editor Andy Coulson—who went on to work for Cameron. Coulson was sentenced to 18 months in prison for participating in a phone-hacking... More »

Lone NOTW Honcho Convicted of Phone Hacking

Andy Coulson convicted, Rebecca Brooks acquitted

(Newser) - Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was convicted of phone hacking today, but fellow editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted after a monthslong trial centering on illegal activity at the heart of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire. A jury unanimously found Coulson, an ex-adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron,... More »

Tabloid Hacked Kate's Phone 155 Times, Harry's ... 9

Royal wild child was apparently not that interesting to 'News of the World'

(Newser) - If hacking is a form of flattery, Kate Middleton ought to be red-faced. Former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman admitted hacking the phones of British royals today, telling the court that the now-duchess was first targeted in 2005 as "a figure of increasing importance around the... More »

Diana Leaked Royal Phone Book, Says Ex-Editor

Clive Goodman tells court she wanted to get back at Charles

(Newser) - Another shocker from Britain's phone-hacking trial: Former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman says a palace phone book in his possession came not from corrupt cops but from an angry princess. Goodman yesterday told the court that Princess Diana gave him the book in 1992 because she... More »

Tabloid Hacked Kate's Phone: Prosecutors

Prince William calls her 'babykins' in voicemail, says he was nearly shot

(Newser) - Prosecutors told a London court today that Rupert Murdoch's News of the World hacked the phones of Kate Middleton and Prince Harry, marking the first time the now-closed tabloid has been accused of hacking the phone of an actual member of the British royal family—as opposed to an... More »

Queen Furious When Cops Swiped Her Nuts

She turned detective to stop pilfering, court told

(Newser) - In behavior that probably would have led to their beheadings in an earlier time, police officers on duty in Buckingham Palace infuriated Queen Elizabeth II by helping themselves to nuts left out in bowls in the royal residence, Britain's phone-hacking trial heard yesterday. The Queen was "furious" about... More »

Murdoch Honchos' Trial Begins in Britain

Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson face phone hacking charges

(Newser) - Today marks the beginning of a phone-hacking trial centered on two former bosses at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp: Rebekah Brooks, once head of News International, and Andy Coulson, former editor of the now-shuttered News of the World. Brooks is accused of hacking mobile phone messages, paying off public officials,... More »

UK: We've Got Hundreds of New Phone-Hacking Victims

As British pols unveil Leveson inquiry

(Newser) - A lawyer for victims of phone hacking by the News of the World says a new conspiracy uncovered by British investigators has hundreds of potential victims. Hugh Tomlinson made the announcement today at Britain's High Court during legal arguments related to lawsuits against News of the World publisher News... More »

UK Report Blasts Murdoch, Press for Wreaking 'Havoc'

Leveson report being watched with keen interest domestically

(Newser) - Lord Justice Brian Leveson's long-awaited report on the various scandals surrounding News of the World and other British tabloids finally hit today, and it absolutely savages Rupert Murdoch's newspapers and the British press in general. The press, Leveson writes, has "wreaked havoc in the lives of innocent... More »

Ex-Murdoch Execs to Face Bribery Charges

Just the latest accusations for Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson

(Newser) - British prosecutors are adding new charges to the litany of accusations against former Rupert Murdoch executives. Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both at the center of the phone-hacking scandal, will be charged with bribing public officials in exchange for stories and information, the New York Times reports. Two other News... More »

Report: News of the World Burglarized Lawmakers

And maybe celebrities, report hints

(Newser) - Forget phone hacking; police now have evidence suggesting that News of the World's private detectives just plain burglarized the homes of its subjects, the Independent reports. Documents from the investigation show that police believe Southern Investigations, a PR firm the paper often employed, had "gained unauthorized access to... More »

UK Charges Brooks, Coulson in Hacking Scandal

British prosecutors announce 19 charges

(Newser) - British authorities have announced 19 charges over the tabloid phone hacking scandal, and they're targeting some of the biggest names in the case. Former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks and David Cameron's former communications chief Andy Coulson will both be charged with conspiring to "intercept communications."... More »

NOTW 'Spiked Story' on Murdoch Pal's Pedophilia

Author Arthur C. Clarke: 'It is OK' when 'they have reached ... puberty'

(Newser) - The News of the World killed an exclusive story on science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke's pedophilia because he was a friend of owner Rupert Murdoch, according to a new book. Graham Johnson, then reporting at the now-defunct newspaper, recounts in Hack how editors who normally outed pederasts made an... More »

UK Charges Rebekah Brooks in Hacking Mess

Former 'News of the World' exec, hubby face perversion of justice charges

(Newser) - The spectacular fall of one of Rupert Murdoch's most trusted lieutenants is perhaps almost complete: Former News of the World honcho Rebekah Brooks is being charged with perversion of justice in News Corp's phone-hacking scandal, reports the BBC . Brooks will be charged—along with husband Charlie Brooks, her... More »

Cameron Texts to Rebekah Brooks: 'Lots of Love'

Brit PM thought that's what 'LOL' meant

(Newser) - Apparently David Cameron loves to text—even if he's not down with the kids' newfangled texting lingo. The British Prime Minister frequently chatted with former News International boss Rebekah Brooks via text, Brooks testified today at an inquiry into News Corp's phone hacking scandal, and he'd sign... More »

Murdoch 'Not Fit' to Lead News Corp: UK Lawmakers

Committee's decision could force Murdoch to sell off BSkyB stake

(Newser) - A group of British lawmakers has concluded that Rupert Murdoch is not fit to lead his own media empire: Parliament's Culture, Media, and Sport Committee released a report the AP calls "scathing," accusing Murdoch of misleading Parliament about the extent of the phone hacking scandal at his... More »

Rupert Murdoch: 'I Failed'

News Corp mogul continues Leveson testimony

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch apologized today over the News of the World hacking scandal, admitting "I failed." He said he didn't pay enough attention to the tabloid, calling that lack of attention "an omission by me" during his second day of testimony at the Leveson inquiry into media... More »

James Murdoch Sticks to His Story

Continues to pin blame on subordinates during UK inquiry

(Newser) - Second verse, same as the first: James Murdoch defended his record at the head of his father's scandal-tarred British newspaper unit before Lord Justice Brian Leveson's inquiry into media ethics today. Murdoch repeated allegations that the now-defunct News of the World's then-editor Colin Myler and the company'... More »

Rebekah Brooks Arrested Again

Brooks' husband also arrested in News International scandal

(Newser) - A big arrest in the News International phone hacking scandal: Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's organization, was arrested early this morning. Five men were also detained as part of Operation Weeting, including Brooks' husband Charlie, the BBC reports, and searches are being conducted at related... More »

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