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