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Culture, Media and Sport Committee: Rebekah Brooks

On 19 July 2011, former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks gave evidence to MPs on the phone-hacking scandal.

Mrs Brooks, who resigned from her News International post on 15 July, claimed that the company acted "quickly and decisively" in dealing with "abhorrent" phone-hacking at the News of the World.

Mrs Brooks said she was "shocked" at reports her journalists had hacked murder victim Milly Dowler's phone.

The former News of the World editor added she had never sanctioned payments to police.

Mrs Brooks told the Commons Culture, Media and Sport committee she had repeatedly been told reports of hacking at the newspaper were untrue.

"We had been told by people at News of the World at the time - they consistently denied any of these allegations in various internal investigations," she said.

"It was only when we saw the Sienna Miller documentation that we realised the severity of the situation."

Actress Sienna Miller received an apology from the News of the World and formally settled for £100,000 damages and costs in June.

Earlier, the committee had heard evidence from News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch and his son James.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson has resigned in the wake of the scandal that saw the closure of the News of the World and the resignation of Mrs Brooks.

The government has announced the creation of a judge-led inquiry into phone hacking, focusing on press ethics and the extent of wrongdoing by the police and the press.

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