Highlights: Brooks apologizes to UK parliament over hacking

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Posted: Jul 19, 2011 1:18 PM
Highlights: Brooks apologizes to UK parliament over hacking

LONDON (Reuters) - Rebekah Brooks, who last week resigned as head of News Corp's British newspaper operations, on Tuesday joined her former bosses Rupert and James Murdoch in apologizing to the British parliament for a hacking scandal.

Following are highlights of her testimony to the House of Commons committee on Culture, Media and Sport.

APOLOGY

"I would like to add my own personal apologies to the apologies that James and Rupert Murdoch have made today ... Allegations of voice intercepts, internet intercepts of victims of crime is pretty horrific and abhorrent and I wanted to reiterate that."

Asked if she has any regrets: "Of course I have regrets, the idea that Milly Dowler's phone was accessed by someone getting paid by the News of the World, or even worse authorized by someone at the News of the World, is as abhorrent to me as it is to everyone in this room. I also regret the speed in which we have found out, or tried to find out the bottom of this investigation, has been too slow."

PRIVATE DETECTIVES

"The News of the World employed private detectives like most newspapers in Fleet Street."

"I was aware the News of the World used private detectives under my editorship."

Asked if she had any contact, directly or through others, with Glenn Mulcaire: "None whatsoever."

(Reporting by Paul Sandle, Rosalba O'Brien, Neil Maidment, Olesya Dmitracova and Tim Castle; Compiled by Paul Hoskins)