Ex-Murdoch editor Brooks denies having 6-year Coulson affair
LONDON (REUTERS) - Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers, denied having a six-year affair with fellow editor Andy Coulson but said they did have periods of physical intimacy over a number of years.
Taking the stand for the second day at her trial, Brooks said on Friday she had been extremely close friends with Coulson, and on occasion had intimate relations with him between 1998 and 2006.
Coulson, a former editor of Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World tabloid, went on to become the spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron.
He is also on trial with Brooks over charges relating to phone hacking. They both deny the charges.