Former British prime minister Tony Blair offered his advisory expertise to Rebekah Brooks after news of the News Corp. hacking scandal gripped the U.K.
According to Feb. 19 testimony at the hacking trial, Blair via a one-hour phone conversation with Brooks said he was available to her, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, and his son, James, as an “unofficial advisor.”
He offered representation on a “needs to be between us” basis.
The court heard that Blair counseled Brooks to “tough up” and refrain from making “rash short-term solutions.”
He advised the former News of the World editor to “keep strong and take “sleeping pills.”
Brooks sent an email to James Murdoch to outline the talk with Blair.
Prosecutor Andrew Edis read that document to the court as part of the U.K.’s government formal conclusion of its case against Brooks, who has declared her innocence.