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Rebekah Brooks, the flame-haired former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper arm, will be charged with perverting the course of justice over a phone-hacking scandal at one of the media mogul's papers, British prosecutors said on Tuesday.
If convicted, she could face a prison sentence.
"I have concluded ... there is sufficient evidence for there to be a realistic prospect of conviction," said Alison Levitt, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions in a statement.
The news is a personal blow for Murdoch and also embarrassing for British Prime Minister David Cameron, who was close friends with Brooks and her husband, Charlie Brooks.