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Rebekah Brooks: British editor who became front page news

Published on Jun 24, 2014 7:47 PM
 

LONDON (AFP) - Rebekah Brooks, who was cleared of all charges on Tuesday after the landmark phone-hacking trial, combined magnetic personal charm with ruthless ambition to become one of the most powerful women in Britain.

As editor of top-selling tabloids the News of the World and The Sun, she published scoops involving the royal family, football superstar David Beckham and the "fake sheikh" - a reporter who dressed as a Middle Eastern prince to elicit incriminating comments from celebrities.

Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul who owned the papers, treated 46-year-old Brooks as a daughter and she was close friends with Prime Minister David Cameron, who went to school with her racehorse trainer husband Charlie.

Now she faces having to rebuild her career after a high-profile trial in which her methods and reputation faced intense scrutiny.

Former News International executive Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey courthouse in London on June 20, 2014. Rebekah Brooks, who was cleared of all charges on Tuesday after the landmark phone-hacking trial, combined magnetic personal charm with ruthless ambition to become one of the most powerful women in Britain. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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