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Brooks: Husband's Attempt To Hide Items 'Stupid'
Rebekah Brooks has told a court her husband's attempt to hide laptops and adult DVDs just before their flat was searched by police was a "really stupid thing to do".
The former News International chief executive was giving evidence at the Old Bailey where she is standing trial for conspiracy to hack phones and to pervert the course of justice.
Earlier the court was told her husband Charlie had hidden several bin bags containing the items in the underground car park of their Chelsea Harbour flat while she was being interviewed by police in 2011
The jury was shown CCTV footage of the couple returning to the flat later and Mr Brooks apparently looking for the bags where he left them before returning empty-handed.
Recalling their conversation later, she said: "He told me he had asked security to look after his belongings.
"I thought it was an impulsive ill thought-out decision. I thought it was a really, really stupid thing to do."
Asked why she considered Mr Brooks' behaviour "impulsive", she said: "I am maybe referring more to the personal stuff. I think it's evident he did not want police to find his stuff."
Suggesting there was another motive, prosecuting QC Andrew Edis asked: "You did not want police to get your stuff."
"That's not true," she replied.
"The police had all my stuff."
Brooks, 45, and her 51-year-old husbandádeny conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
She also denies conspiracy to hack phones and conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
On her 13th day in the witness box the court also heard of a series of text message exchanges she had with former Prime Minister Tony Blair in the days before she was questioned by police.
On 10 July 2011, the day the last edition of the News of the World was published, Mr Blair texted: "Hi it's Tony, I've just landed. Is it took (sic) late to speak or should we stick with tomorrow?" to which Brooks replied: "Let's stick to tomorrow ? can't wait xx".
The next day Mr Blair texted: "What's the best number for you? I'm ready to speak." Brooks replied: "Sorry. Only just excaped (sic) meetings. When is a good time? X"
Blair: "Now. Call my hotel landling (sic). Ask for room 610."
Then the day before Brooks was arrested she texted: "Feeling properly terrified. Police are behaving so badly."
Mr Blair replied: "Everyone panics in these situations and they will feel they have their reputation to recover. Assume you have quality QC advice? When's the interview?"
Brooks: "Sunday probably or Monday. Cms committee. Tuesday. Stephen bringing someone called Emma Hodges and we have QC."
Tony Blair: "That's good. I'm no use on police stuff but call me after that because I may be some help on Commons."
Rebekah Brooks: "Great. Will do. X"
The trial continues.
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