Bodyguard Johnson to Face Prosecution in News Corp. Hacking Case

The bodyguard of Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive officer of News Corp. (NWSA)’s U.K. unit, was charged with perverting the course of justice during probes of phone hacking and bribery at the company’s newspapers.

David Johnson, 47, allegedly concealed “computers and other items from the Metropolitan Police Service,” during its investigation into voice-mail interception and corruption of public officials, the Crown Prosecution Service said in an e- mailed statement.

News Corp. publications in the U.K. have been at the center of investigations into phone hacking and bribery since revelations in 2011 that the company’s News of the World tabloid illegally accessed messages on the mobile phone of a murdered school girl. News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch closed the newspaper in response to the scandal.

Johnson was charged with one offense of conspiring with six others including Brooks to pervert the course of justice. He is scheduled to appear at a London court May 8, the CPS said.

Brooks, also a past editor of both the Sun daily newspaper and the News of the World, has been charged with phone hacking and bribery.

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