Ex-Murdoch CEO Rebekah Brooks acquitted on charge of making illegal payment for Prince William bikini picture

Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey courthouse in London, Feb 19, 2014. The jury trying Brooks over phone-hacking charges should not hold her role as a former Rupert Murdoch editor with huge political influence against her, her lawyer said,
Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey courthouse in London, Feb 19, 2014. The jury trying Brooks over phone-hacking charges should not hold her role as a former Rupert Murdoch editor with huge political influence against her, her lawyer said, as the former British newspaper boss took the stand on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers who is on trial for phone-hacking and other charges, was acquitted on Thursday of one charge of authorising an illegal payment for a picture of Prince William in a bikini.

Brooks is still accused of four other offences relating to conspiracy to hack voicemail messages on mobile phones, authorising illegal payments to public officials and then plotting to hinder a subsequent police investigation.

She denies all the charges.

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