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.
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