Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of News International and favorite of Rupert Murdoch, was arrested today in London in connection with the phone-hacking ‘n bribing scandal engulfing News Corp. Brooks was arrested by appointment at noon. The police statement didn’t identify her by name, instead referring to her as a 43-year-old woman being arrested “in connection with allegations of corruption and phone hacking.” The arrest comes just two days after Brooks’ resignation from News International, and also two days before Rupert and James Murdoch are set to join Brooks in testifying in front of a parliamentary panel investigating the scandal. It’s starting to look like Ten Little Indians over there.
(Updates after the jump!)
UPDATE 10:22 a.m.: According to a spokesman, Brooks didn’t know she was going to be arrested when she showed up at the police station for questioning. Nor did News International.
As of right now, it’s unclear how the arrest will affect Tuesday’s House of Common’s hearing with her and the Murdochs.
UPDATE 3:08 p.m.: Paul Stephenson, the head of Scotland Yard, has resigned. From his statement: “I have taken this decision as a consequence of the ongoing speculation and accusations relating to the Met’s links with News International at a senior level and in particular in relation to Mr Neil Wallis who as you know was arrested in connection with Operation Weeting last week.”
For further reference on this latest bombshell, check out the Times’ story on the relationship between Scotland Yard and News International from yesterday. Things were quite cozy between them.