Another Arrest Made in News Corp. Investigation

A 47-year-old woman identified as the former long-time assistant to News of the World executive Rebekah Brooks was arrested on Friday as part of a long-running probe into News Corp.’s (NASDAQ:NWSA) now defunct tabloid.

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The woman’s arrest is one of many by U.K. police investigating alleged phone hacking and other wrongdoing at News Corp.’s former tabloid, where Brooks had been editor and then later oversaw as head of the media company’s U.K. newspaper business. News Corp. closed the newspaper in July shortly after news broke alleging that the paper had illegally intercepted voicemail messages of crime victims, politicians and celebrities.

London’s Metropolitan Police, known as Scotland Yard, arrested an unnamed woman early Friday in connection with their phone-hacking investigation, only to release the woman later in the day without charge. She was arrested on suspicion of perverting the cause of justice, suggesting police may be focusing on whether there was an attempt to cover up executives’ wrongdoing at News International.

Though police will not confirm, U.K. media reports the woman arrested was Cheryl Carter, who was Brooks’ assistant at News of the World when she was editor from 2000 to 2003, and stayed with her when Brooks became editor of the Sun, another News Corp. tabloid, and then head of News International, the company’s U.K. newspaper business.

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