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Ex-News Corp. Executive Charged Over Phone-Hack Cover-Up

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Rebekah Brooks, the close friend of News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch and former head of the company’s British publishing unit, was charged with trying to cover up the tabloid phone-hacking scandal.

Brooks, 43, faces three charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, Alison Levitt, the principal legal adviser to Britain’s Director of Public Prosecutions, said in London today. Brooks’s 49-year-old husband, Charlie, her former personal assistant, Cheryl Carter, and three other people were also charged.