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Audio: Rebekah Brooks’ statement after hacking trial acquittal

26 June 2014

5:02 PM

26 June 2014

5:02 PM

The former chief executive of News International Rebekah Brooks and her husband have given the following statement outside her London home:


Rebekah Brooks:

‘Like Charlie said, we haven’t got much to add than we said two years ago. Of course, the last few years have been tough for both of us and for those closest to us but more importantly, they’ve been tough for everybody on all sides that have been affected issues highlighted by this case. Therefore, throughout the three year police investigation — and through our eight month trial at the Old Bailey — we’ve always tried to keep our troubles in perspective.

‘After all, we have a happy and healthy daughter, we have our brave and resolute Mums that have been at court most of the time and we’ve had strong and unwavering support from all our friends, our family and from our legal teams that have believed in us from the beginning.

‘I am innocent of the crimes that I was charged with and I feel vindicated by the unanimous verdicts. But when I was arrested, it was in the middle of a maelstrom of controversy, of politics and of comment. Some of that was fair but much of it was not so I’m grateful for the jury for coming to their decision.

‘I think I’d like to say it’s been a time of reflection for me. I’ve learnt some valuable lessons and hopefully I’m the wiser for it. I think that said I’m incredibly proud of the many journalists I’ve worked with throughout my career and the great campaigns we have fought and won.

Today my thoughts are with my former colleagues and their families who face future trails. I’m going to do everything I can to support them  as I know how anxious the times ahead are. 

‘What I’m going to do now, and I hope you don’t mind, is I can’t say too much today — I have to be careful for my former colleagues sake what I say — but my thoughts with them and their families. But now we’re going home to spend some much needed time….[reporters shouting]’

Charlie Brooks:

‘Thank you all for coming. In the last 48 hours, I’ve had to focus on being a race horse trainer. But actually I have very little to add to what we both said over two years ago, when we were charged. Absolutely everything we said two years ago has proved to be true.

‘Rebekah has been through an unprecedented investigation, of an incredibly forensic and personal nature — the likes of which we have probably never seen. I’d like to say how proud I am of Rebekah and of the dignity she has shown.’

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  • The Masked Marvel

    The halls of Broadcasting House must be filled with the sound of wailing and gnashing of teeth, and the halls strewn with remnants of rent garments.

  • beenzrgud

    She’s been found innocent, but I still find it difficult to believe she didn’t know what was going on under her nose. She’s either a good liar or a crap manager.

    • Frank

      Poor lamb, how could she be guilty, she knew nothing about anything in the company she ran. It seems clear that her employment by Murdoch was a kind of strange equal ops thing, where you appoint a female manager at vast expense, who does nothing, just to show that you can. The bizarre thing is that all the other senior managers in the company also claim not to know what went on. Very odd, but then Murdoch is so rich he can afford this kind of experimental management. We should all thank him for doing this and showing us that it always ends up with you having to close the business and knock down the office building (a commendably thorough approach to closing a business).

      • beenzrgud


      • HookesLaw

        So why was she found not guilty? If you believe she was guilty and the jury found her innocent then how much faith can you have in any guilty verdicts that you read about.

        • dado_trunking

          because this is a Banana Monarchy, you sad apologist Camerloon. She had a relationship with the guy who now goes to a well-padded cell?

          This is Jeremy Hunt cunting all over again!

        • beenzrgud

          Maybe there simply wasn’t enough evidence to convict her. As I understand it she is quite friendly with Tony Blair so she would have the perfect person to advise her in these matters, and how best to prevail. LOL
          Either way only a wilfully ignorant person would dare suggest that the British justice system was infallible, given the evidence to the contrary.