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James Murdoch Admits Paying Hush Money In Phone Hacking Scandal

Reported by Ellen - August 17, 2011 -

After telling Parliament that News Corp. did not pay "hush money" to a phone hacking victim, James Murdoch has now admitted that a confidentiality agreement was part of a £700,000 settlement paid to Gordon Taylor, chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association. (H/T John M.)

The British paper The Telegraph writes:

In July, when Mr Murdoch appeared alongside his father Rupert before MPs he strongly denied that News International had increased the size of the payment to Mr Taylor to maintain silence.

...But in a subsequent letter to MPs, Mr Murdoch admitted that “since I gave this response, I have been informed that confidentiality was a factor in determining the amount of the settlement payment."

He insisted that “I did not know at the time or when I gave my evidence that any part of the amount of the Taylor settlement specifically related to the confidentiality aspect of the settlement."

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