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Murdoch Son Lied at Hearing: Report

Citing legal documents, The Guardian claims James Murdoch lied before Parliament at his hearing Tuesday, covering up the sum of a hush-money payout to an alleged hacking victim. Murdoch, whose father Rupert is CEO of News Corp., told Parliament that the company’s settlement with Gordon Taylor, chief executive of a footballers’ union, likely amounted to £250,000. But The Guardian says the figure is actually £425,000—and with legal costs thrown in, the amount of the entire coverup is almost £1 million. Taylor’s silence was reportedly essential to keeping up the defense that hacking at Murdoch’s tabloids was limited to one “rogue” reporter.

July 20, 2011 6:15 PM