Ex-Murdoch aide Rebekah Brooks denies phone-hacking charges
Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper wing News International, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges linked to the phone-hacking scandal that brought down his News of the World tabloid.
Brooks, 45, denied five charges, including conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
She appeared in a packed courtroom in London alongside several other former News International staff and her husband Charlie Brooks, who are also accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice by hiding evidence relating to the hacking scandal.
All of the defendants denied their charges and were released on bail to face trial later this year.
Australian-born media tycoon Murdoch was forced to shut down the News of the World in July 2011, following a storm of allegations that its staff illegally accessed the voicemail messages of a murdered schoolgirl as well as hundreds of celebrities and public figures.
Brooks was editor of the News of the World between 2000 and 2003 and also edited its sister publication The Sun.
The hacking scandal rocked Murdoch's media empire and embarrassed Prime Minister David Cameron, who is friends with Brooks and her husband.
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