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Blair offered to help Brooks over parliament appearance, court hears

Published on Mar 12, 2014 9:16 PM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair offered to help Rebekah Brooks ahead of her high-profile appearance in front of a parliamentary committee as the phone hacking scandal erupted in 2011, a court heard on Wednesday.

Brooks, the former chief executive of News Corp's British arm News International, was called to appear before the committee on the same day as Mr Rupert Murdoch and his son James appeared to answer questions over the scandal that was then shaking Mr Murdoch's company.

Brooks was being vilified at the time in the rest of the British media after the closure of the News of the World tabloid in the face of public revulsion at the scale of phone hacking.

Facing questions on the stand of her hacking trial for the 13th day, Ms Brooks was read e-mails that she had exchanged with Mr Blair showing the former Labour leader offering to help her prepare for the committee hearing in the House of Commons.

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