Rebekah Brooks says she didn't know about payments

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Associated Press

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM

LONDON (AP) — Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks has told jurors at the phone-hacking trial in London that she did not know about a substantial contract for a private investigator.

Brooks said Friday she was unaware of a contract for her newspaper to pay 92,000 pounds a year to private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, even though an expense that large should have required her approval.

Mulcaire has pleaded guilty to phone hacking while working for the now-defunct tabloid, which was part of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire.

The 45-year-old Brooks faces one charge of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office, as well as charges of conspiring to hack phones and obstruct police.

Her husband is also on trial, as is Andy Coulson, another former Murdoch executive.

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