Brooks's ex-bodyguard charged in UK hacking probe

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Associated Press

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 10:06 AM

LONDON (AP) — A man who provided protection for the former chief executive of News International has been charged in relation to Britain's wide-ranging phone-hacking investigation.

Scotland Yard said Friday that David Johnson, 47, allegedly conspired with Rebekah Brooks and five others in July 2011 to conceal computers and other items from officers investigating allegations of phone hacking and corruption at British tabloids.

Johnson is charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. He will appear at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court on May 8.

Brooks and her husband, Charlie, have already been charged in relation to the scandal, which exploded at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. empire in 2011 and brought down the News of the World tabloid.

Scores of journalists, police officials, and executives have been arrested or dismissed from their jobs.

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