31/10/2013

Brooks And Coulson 'Had A Six Year Affair'

Former News of the World Editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson were having an affair for at least six years, a jury at the Old Bailey has been told.

Prosecutor Andrew Edis told jurors that in 2004, when the pair were both working at the firm, the had been in a relationship for may years.

A letter was found on Mrs Brooks computer from February 2004.

Mr Edis said that the point he was making in relation to the letter was over the relevant period.

The letter on Brooks' computer was a reaction to Coulson's decision to end the relationship.

Ms Brooks wrote: "The fact is you are my very best friend, I tell you everything, I confide in you, I seek your advice, I love you, care about you, worry about you, we laugh and cry together.

"In fact without our relationship in my life I am not sure I will cope."

The prosecution said the fact that they were lovers is important.

Mr Edis told the court that the pair had been having an affair dating back to around 1998, spanning the period covered by their phone-hacking conspiracy charge.

Brooks, 45, of Churchill, Oxfordshire; Coulson, also 45, from Charing in Kent; former NotW head of news Ian Edmondson, 44, from Raynes Park, south west London; and the tabloid's ex-managing editor Stuart Kuttner, 73, from Woodford Green, Essex, all deny conspiring with others to hack phones between October 3 2000 and August 9 2006.

(CD/IT)

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