LONDON — Once among the most powerful figures in the British media, Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch’s
British newspaper empire and a close friend of Prime Minister David
Cameron, faced charges on Tuesday that she, her husband and four others
conspired to pervert the course of justice in the hacking scandal that
has burrowed into public life here.
It was the first time that charges have been formulated since the police reopened inquiries into the affair in January 2011.