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Two key players in newspaper hacking trial 'were lovers'

Updated: 2013-11-02 07:20
By Alice Ritchie in London ( China Daily)

Former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson were having an affair for much of the time they were allegedly involved in phone hacking at the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, a London court heard.

Prosecutor Andrew Edis said on Thursday the affair, from 1998 to 2004, proved "they trusted each other" and supported charges that they conspired to hack phones to glean stories for the newspaper, which was renowned for its celebrity scoops until Murdoch closed it in disgrace two years ago.

Brooks edited the News of the World from 2000 to 2003, when her deputy Coulson took over as editor. A close confidante of Murdoch's, Brooks went on to become chief executive of his British newspaper operations while Coulson became Prime Minister David Cameron's media chief.

Two key players in newspaper hacking trial 'were lovers'